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Naji Hakim’s extraordinary virtuosity has never been in doubt, and the brilliance of the reed stops en chamade on the one hand and some delicious flutes on the other give him ample opportunity for contrasts. Much of the disc is devoted to chorale and Gregorian melodies with modern accompaniments, as in the main work, Die Apostel (in which Hakim is joined by his wife), where St Peter’s forthright character is duly acknowledged. But Hakim’s harmonies and textures are rather limited in scope. A disc to dip into, perhaps, rather than hear straight through.

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