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A first encounter with the IV/84 Klais organ (2004) of Moscow’s International Performing Arts Center leaves a vivid impression. On an impressively muscular but athletically lithe instrument, St Albans 2009 winner Konstantin Volostnov makes much of Bach’s C minor Passacaglia & Fugue (BWV582) in a subtly dexterous treatment of its magisterial polyphony. Liszt’s mighty ‘Ad nos’ Fantasy & Fugue is richly realised, soloist and instrument equally resourceful in marking out symphonic scale without losing sight of telling detail, the blazing Fugue both virtuosic and intensely musical. Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony Andante cantabile is simultaneously delicate and grand, dramatic and poetic, Kushnarev’s sombre, dark-souled Passacaglia & Fugue a compellingly executed finale.

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