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The 45 miniature chorale preludes (only one, the sublime O Mensch, bewein, is longer than five minutes, many less than one) that comprise Bach’s Orgelbüchlein have become, suggests James Lancelot in his short booklet note, ‘the organist’s Bible’. Certainly, there’s much here in endlessly varied, intricately constructed and beautifully expressed music that has the ring of ageless authority about it. Lancelot’s choice of Durham Cathedral’s magnificently resourced 1876 Father Willis (rebuilt and revoiced by Harrison & Harrison in 1905) may surprise some with its distinctive romantic accent, but it lends itself eloquently to vivid and insightful playing as nimble and nuanced as it is here.

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