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‘Crisis’ is not evident from the smiling American face on the cover; but in the notes the concept is identified with political and economic struggles, the transition from modality to tonality, and from counterpoint to harmony. Brakel includes works by Gade, Widor, Buxtehude, Bach, Vincent Rone, Bruhns, Grigny and Eben (in that order). The IV/67 Beckerath organ is colourful and powerful in these resonant acoustics, a suitable vehicle for Brakel’s clean, bravura playing; but the performances nevertheless reveal a lack of interpretative insights, particularly in the earlier repertoire.

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