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Celebrating C.P.E. Bach’s tercentenary, Koopman has recorded the six organ sonatas written for Princess Anna Amalia of Prussia, youngest sister of Frederick the Great, whom Bach served as court harpsichordist from 1738 until 1768. Four sonatas were written in 1755, the year that Peter Migendt built an organ for Amalia’s residence, the Berlin City Palace. Now in Karlshorst, this 22-stop, two-manual and pedal organ is restored to its 1755 condition by Kristian Wegscheider. Its survival is remarkable, with original windchests, keyboards and 90 per cent original pipework. Koopman’s rhetorical and individual playing suits this music excellently.

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