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Rheinberger seems to be enjoying a revival at present, with a number of recordings on the market. In his fifth Rheinberger album, devoted to the organ sonatas, Bruce Stevens introduces us to three 19th-century American instruments which suit the music very well. The chorus work of the two Hook instruments used for sonatas nos. 7 and 9 sounds particularly Germanic; the Geo. Jardine & Son instrument for the 13th sonata is a little more forthright, but not without colour. Rheinberger’s longer movements are often in danger of rambling, but Stevens’s phrasing and rubato is engaging with a sense of cantabile always prevailing.

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