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There is gripping intensity to the concerto by Braunfels (1882-1954), at once expressive, with a quick communication through its programmatic style and post-romantic language. The organ and orchestra vie for attention in the scurrying passages of the first movement. The second ‘Choral’ movement shows off great beauty and languid slowness. Reminiscent of Mahler in places, this grand organ concerto deserves to feature alongside over-exposed standards of the genre. Drama unfolds further in the large solo organ work (Toccata, Adagio & Fugue). The playing of both Iveta Apkalna (concerto) and Hansjörg Albrecht (solo) is persuasive. Programme notes explain this premiere recording, though an organ specification would have been welcome.

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