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W.T. Best’s 20-volume edition of ‘complete’ Bach organ works was begun in 1885. Best based his edition on that of Griepenkerl’s Peters edition from the 1840s, but incorporated all kinds of performance suggestions – registration, dynamics, tempo, manual selection, etc. Carsten Wiebusch has attempted to recreate Best’s interpretations of some famous pieces (BWV 565, 582, 564), plus chorale preludes and the solo violin Chaconne, on an enormous romantic Klais organ (2010). Thus, Bach is heard through two interpreters in series (in electrical parlance). All very interesting, but perhaps a real English Willis organ would have been more authentic?

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