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Harald Vogel once wrote of the Danish organ reform that ‘1960 was the swan song of Danish superiority… the organs of… Ahrend and Brunzema were already better’. What are we to make, then, of Gerben Mourik’s championing of three organs by Poul-Gerhard Andersen, built a decade later? Did Andersen’s instruments ‘form a culmination in a development that commenced with the mechanical slider-chest organs as built by the Marcussen company from the 1940s onwards’, as Mourik suggests? That will depend on your point of view; but Andersen’s status among the really great organ builders of the 20th century cannot be underestimated, and his role at Marcussen prior to 1960 was critical to the Danish post-war success.

These are fine, interesting organs notable especially for Andersen’s brilliant visual designs. Mourik’s playing is stunning, the programme combining mid-20th-century literature, largely from Germany, with more mainstream repertoire (Reger and even Widor). Bart van Buitenen’s booklet essay on Andersen is essential reading.

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