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The huge space of Hamburg’s Michaeliskirche houses four organs: Steinmeyer 1962, Marcussen 1914 and a new ‘Fernwerk’ (above the ceiling) have recently been restored and provided with a single console from which all three can be played – a total of 148 stops! The fourth organ is by Freiberger Orgelbau 2010, a 14-stop independent instrument. The central console is used to play first and last tracks, BWV 565 and 538, the remaining tracks being played on the different individual organs. Given the potential problems of such a scheme, the result in this recording is very impressive. Schoener plays with musicality and authority, and the individual character of each organ is well captured.

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