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This disc follows on from a recording issued in 2013 of the Op 4 Organ Concertos played on the piano. The sound, unfortunately, is rather congested; HWV 295, the most famous of these works, immediately feels rather cushioned, losing much of its stateliness in the process. Generally, Matthias Kirschnereit is unsubtle at cadence points, which can interrupt the flow, and it is the orchestra that is more on the ball rhythmically (for example in the finale of the A major, HWV 296). The D minor Concerto (HWV 304) begins well, but when the piano is let loose on its own, it all becomes too narcissistic. Better is the F major, HWV 305a, which has strong links to the oratorio Judas Maccabeus.

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