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David Dahl retired in 2000 as professor of music and organist at Pacific Lutheran University. His music reflects a lifetime of scholarship in its knowing use of pastiche (there are hommages to Buxtehude, Couperin, Franck and Dubois) plus Italian, Scandinavian and English suites. Dahl’s invention is best in the several hymn interpretations, where gently neo-classical language complements the II/24 German/Dutch-inspired Brombaugh organ. Mark Brombaugh’s playing is sympathetic to the often exacting pieces. All registrations are noted and there are illustrations of the instrument. As much an introduction to John Brombaugh’s building ethos as a catalogue of Dahl’s music, there is plenty to enjoy here.

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