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‘And the adventure continues!’ – the opening statement of the booklet only hints that the works recorded are all harpsichord pieces, but performed on this large, fine historic organ in magnificent acoustics. Jean-Sébastien Bardon is a fine pianist, so there are moments of brilliant keyboard technique, but articulation lacks variety, and some passages in the Toccatas are far too slow and metrically rigid. Bach’s compositional textures differ between harpsichord and organ, but Bardon mitigates this with appropriate registrations. However, the chamade reeds make a caricature out of the G major Toccata (BWV 916). An interesting experiment, but hardly recommended.

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