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Samuel de Lange Jnr (to differentiate him from his organist/composer father) was a celebrated organist, composer and pianist in both the Netherlands and Germany. Like several others (Best, Dupré etc), he produced a set of arrangements of Handel’s Organ Concertos for organ solo, in this instance published in the 1870s. De Lange’s approach was more interventionist than that of others, adding voices and extended virtuosic cadenzas at the points marked ‘ad libitum’. A recording of these entertaining arrangements is more than welcome but, given that the player Rudolf Innig acknowledges the relationship between them and the Witte organ type over which De Lange had presided in Rotterdam, the present 1899 pneumatic-action organ by Furtwängler & Hammer, however fine, seems a slightly odd choice, emanating from a much later, more industrial and considerably less classical environment than the monumental, strongly craft-orientated instruments of Witte, which stand firmly in the Dutch tradition. Delft, Naarden or Gorinchem would perhaps have presented more obvious recording locations. Rudolf Innig clearly understand the performance practice issues involved, observing a basically legato touch with broad rolling pedal lines. It is sometimes hard to tell whether his occasional rhythmic flexibility in the quick movements in particular is an imitation of a facet of period performance practice or something less intentional.

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