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This release features repertoire later than one would normally associate with this instrument. Mozart’s K608 F minor Fantasia, although unusually broad, sounds happily idiomatic. Mendelssohn’s Sixth Sonata suffers from being markedly slower than the composer’s tempo indications in the variations, but Beek provides moving, lyrical performances of Brahms’s op.122 Chorale Preludes, the organ an expressive and empathic partner. Less successful is Messiaen’s Dieu parmi nous which, with its falling chordal sequences endlessly disrupted by octave transpositions, borders on the caricature.

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