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Hailed by Karg-Elert as ‘the Mannheim marvel’, the impressive IV/96 Steinmeyer organ in the city’s Christ Church is an apt choice for this eighth volume in Elke Völker’s survey for Aeolus. It begins with a robust rendering of her own transcription of Die Meistersinger’s ‘Festive Entry’, backlit with lighter, softer tones that betray its origins as a piece for harmonium. The remainder of the disc is given over to a trio of impressionistic triptychs (opp.72, 108 and 142) and the op.92 Three Pastels, which revels in experimental tonal effects and frequently changing meters, no.3 an altogether evocative siciliano-style pastorale. Völker offers elegant advocacy throughout, with useful booklet notes, albeit in somewhat broken English.

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