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Philip Kloeckner is clearly keen to demonstrate the musical flexibility of this impressive recreation of a grand French organ by Fisk/Rosales. Naturally Vierne’s Second Symphony sounds at home, although trying to compare this instrument with Cavaillé-Coll originals is a bit like comparing new wines with vintage clarets – the heart and soul of the gothic cathedral is not quite there. Leaving aside issues of temperament, Samuel Scheidt’s Variations on ‘Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern’ conjures up sounds from the 17th century – although any continuity is sadly destroyed by poor editing between variations. The ‘exotic’ element comes from André Isoir’s only organ composition, Six variations sur psaume Huguenot, performed by Kloeckner with great élan.

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