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Enough to whet the appetite to begin with is the sixth appearance of Trier’s characterful and responsive IV/67 Johannes Klais organ in this 14th volume of Naxos’s long-running Reger survey. Eminently suited to the mahogany-dark timbres of Reger’s compulsively sinuous contrapuntalism and chunky chromaticism, it imbues the first 15 of the 52 Easy Chorale Preludes on the most common Protestant chorales (nos. 39-52 featured on vol.9) with an appropriately earnest – if also rather dour – accent. The earlier, deceptively titled Five Easily Performable Preludes and Fugues are more nimbly despatched, Josef Still’s steady hand making light work of their thinly disguised technical demands.

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