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Now 10 years old, the Danish organ builder Carsten Lund’s II/17 instrument at Trinity Hall in Cambridge is here aptly demonstrated in a pair of CDs of early music by Bach including the Neumeister chorales, BWV 565 and the Preludes & Fugues in A and C (BWV 531). In such an intimate space, Lund’s organ shows up well: elegant individual stops, a mild yet focused plenum and broad flutes all engage the ear eloquently and suggest an organ of a rarified conceptual coherence. Only the slightly ‘crunchy’ fractional length pedal reed doesn’t quite convince. Andrew Arthur, director of music at Trinity Hall, plays with a rhetorical subtlety and grace, and with a touch vocabulary always appropriate for challenging and revealing acoustics. The miniatures, and especially the Neumeister chorales, prove more telling in this environment than the free works; indeed, a single CD would have said as much as the present pair. Nonetheless, this is a release of admirable quality.

CHRIS BRAGG Read the full review on Agora Classica


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