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Here’s one for curiosity seekers: 16 works specially commissioned for a 1924 Mortier fairground organ – ‘The Busy Drone’ – recently restored by Leon van Leeuwen of Amsterdam-based Perlee. With 92 keys, 17 registers and four divisions (two Melody; Accompaniment and Bass), the organ has a crisp, pristine sound, if also a limited battery of effects. Chiel Meijering’s Here today, down tomorrow imagines the organ as a clattering, pulsating ‘living organism, a hatching machine’. Claudio F. Baroni’s In Three Parts employs the instrument’s ‘wheezing, gasping and puffing’ to interesting effect, and Henk de Vileger’s Fresco exploits its lexicon of colourful registrations. Waning novelty value and a poorly edited booklet find it overstaying its initial welcome.

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