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Iain Quinn’s intelligently constructed CD explores the musical transition from baroque to classical through works associated with the organ by Mozart, Beethoven and Hummel. The two major pieces here are therefore Mozart’s Fantasia in F minor, K608, and the Adagio & Allegro in F, K594. Knowing Beethoven as a dramatic symphonist, it is perhaps surprising that his nerves ‘could not stand the power of that gigantic instrument.’ His works for organ or clock are therefore all conservative miniatures. More interesting is the progression to the later composer Hummel. His posthumous works anticipate the sonatas of Mendelssohn, and have plenty of chromatic invention in pieces like the Ricercare. Iain Quinn delivers this repertoire with great authority, although with such informative sleeve notes, the lack of acknowledgement of editions used, particularly for the Mozart pieces, seems a surprising omission.

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