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I’m not sure what is at a ‘crossroads’ here, but repertoire, organ and performer do not interconnect comfortably. The arbitrary selection moves from a transcription of Marias’s Symphonies d’Alcione of 1706 to one of William Bolcom’s Gospel Preludes. The much altered Skinner organ inevitably fares best in an extract from Karg-Elert’s Cathedral Windows, and there is an intelligent pairing of Buxtehude’s Praeludium in C major and Eben’s Hommage à Dietrich Buxtehude. Unfortunately there is insufficient flair evident in many pieces, and Jongen’s Chant de May lacks a lyrical sense of line and even contains a few wrong notes.

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