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Built as recently as 2009, the substantial IV/80, 5,871-pipe Rieger organ – the world’s largest free hanging organ – in Regensburg’s medieval cathedral serves as a robustly amenable vehicle for this set of improvisations by Franz Josef Stoiber. Designed to demonstrate ‘organ improvisation fulfilling its most suitable function: preludes, interludes and postludes to congregational singing’, it’s a thoughtful and rewarding programme that stresses liturgical needs over those of a recital. The Organ Mass at its centre is a joyous affair, by turns effusive and dignified, exultant and earnest, the extended treatment of the Marian antiphony Salve Regina exquisitely realised. Atmospheric contributions, too, from the cathedral’s bells and five-part male-voice choir.

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