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The menu here is Bach arranged both by himself and by his romantic advocates, Widor, Karg-Elert and Arno Landmann. Strangely the Prelude, arranged from the G minor violin sonata (BWV 1001), and Fugue (BWV 539) are underplayed, as if trying to imitate a violin, but the six Schübler Chorales are more convincing (brisk even). A culture shock is Widor’s ruminations on Wachet auf; Karg-Elert’s arrangement of Singet dem Herrn’s fugue sounds very slow. Landmann’s arrangement of the D minor Chaconne is rhetorical, but lacks momentum. Freiburg’s four organs (Rieger, Marcussen and Metzler) serve these arrangements excellently.

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