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The 2001 organ (III/39) in the Bavarian town of Friedberg sees Metzler building a genuinely eclectic instrument with swell box, enclosed chorus reeds and an undulant within an entirely mechanical concept. If the fizz of the choruses suggest that the tried and tested recipe hasn’t changed much from the Grote Kerk, The Hague / Trinity, Cambridge era, the flutes and reeds especially attest to a splendid organ and one which manages to sound evocative across the spectrum of repertoire presented here. The church’s organist, Peter Schnur, a former student of Daniel Roth, presents a creative programme including a thoroughly ‘pedaliter’, almost expressionistic arrangement of Bach’s manualiter D minor Toccata BWV 913. Blips such as the imbalance between melody and accompaniment in Franck’s Prélude, fugue et variation are occasional in performances that are driven, occasion- ally manic and mostly highly enjoyable.

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