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Priory’s Karg-Elert recordings continue with the ever-excellent Stefan Engels playing two marvellously large and appropriately appointed and restored German romantic organs. Immediately evident is Karg-Elert’s fertility of invention and command of technique, the staggering technical skill of the performer and the plethora of appropriate dynamic levels and colouristic elements in the instruments. Despite the formidable challenges, Engels clearly has the measure of both music and instruments, and in both discs there is much to enjoy and marvel at. Highlights are many, but the climax from Kanzone I (vol.7) and the simplicity and amazing variety of form and registration in the Pedalstudien (vol.8) take some beating. Recorded sound is appropriately atmospheric and there is much to read about in the nicely assembled notes.

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