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This project is an extraordinary undertaking, creating new transcriptions (by Eberhard Klotz) of three of the Brandenburg Concerti. The scoring is skilfully paired down so that the organ features throughout alongside another baroque instrument: cornett, natural trumpet or violin. Together they rein- vent the voicing of Bach’s scores without diluting the potency of the music. The individual voices of Ahrend’s superb organ balance effectively with those of the baroque instruments. Thilo Muster’s playing – and that of his colleagues – is exemplary and full of expression. The most interesting and explanatory programme notes lack any translation from the German, however. This new interpretation will intrigue those who know the scores well, and delight first-time listeners too.

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