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The latest volume in Stefan Engel’s essential series focuses on the op.142 Sempre Semplice, a set of twelve pieces composed late in Karg-Elert’s life that recycles earlier works for harmonium. Superficially simple and suffused with nostalgia, it boasts enormous variety and makes quietly virtuosic demands to which Engels responds with incisive aplomb; similarly, the two early Sequences and the striking op.74 Sonatina. The well-proportioned Schulze organ in Armley proves an eloquent (and well-recorded) choice. Anthony Caldicott’s informative booklet notes add to the pleasure.

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