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The shadow of Reger’s great German predecessor, J.S. Bach, looms large here, the op.7 Three Organ Pieces an early homage, albeit conspicuously lacking the chromaticism of later works. The arrangements (co-authored by Karl Straube) of three Bach Inventions(BWV 772-786) are resourceful explorations of trio playing; the op.67/36-38 Easy Chorale Preludes on the most common Protestant chorales remain idiomatically in the 17th century, and the transcription of the D minor Toccata & Fugue (BWV 913) is a brilliant transformation. Barthen’s playing, on Fulda Cathedral’s richly equipped IV/72 Rieger-Sauer, is intelligent and involving throughout; an accomplished conclusion to a commendable series.

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