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There’s no pressing need for another anthology of organ arrangements (‘famous’ or otherwise) of Bach. But this coherently assembled and beautifully played compendium makes a more than persuasive argument for itself. On the 1927 III/50 Åkerman & Lund organ of Stockholm’s Maria Magdalena Church, Ralph Gustafsson emphasises the meditative and the mellow in plangent performances of hushed sincerity. A baker’s dozen of arrangements include Duruflé’s light-as-a-feather take on Jesu, bleibet meine Freude, Karg-Elert’s deftly poised treatment of the Sinfonia from the Christmas Oratorio and several enjoyable reworkings by Virgil Fox. Dupré’s bright, bristling version of BWV29’s Sinfonia and Widor’s majestic re-imagining of the St Matthew Passion finale add leavening muscle. But why no notes about the music or organ?

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