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This remastering of recordings from the 1980s features two organs, a 1970 Schlicker and 1987 Fisk, which seem largely to illustrate how views on tonal design for baroque-style instruments have changed. The organs lack gravitas in noble works such as the E flat Prelude & Fugue, and the constant lack of fundamental tone in every registration doesn’t allow the counter- point to sing. Barbara Harbach’s playing is intelligently executed, but the relentless use of overly bright mixtures really tires the ear. Even in the Fantasia in G minor the opportunity to provide some more mellow contrasting sounds is not taken.

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