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Adam Brakel, pictured on the cover looking as if he’s just sprinted to church from the gym, does indeed go through a work-out with this demanding programme of Reger (Fantasie, Fuge), Bonnet (Étude de concert), Liszt (St Francis Walking on the Water), and the Demessieux Six études, which are the most impressive works here. Sure technical mastery is combined with informed interpretation, presented on this 109-rank Austin organ (2000) in Palm Beach, Florida. There are copious sleeve notes and a specification so detailed as to fascinate the most introspective of organ nuts. Presented with a light-hearted gloss, this ‘lollipop’ disc conceals hidden depths.

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