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At the behest of the organ builder, Wayne Marshall gives this new instrument from Orgelbau Hugo Mayer a thorough workout. Improvisation, Marshall explains, is the best way to explore and get to know a new instrument, so most of this recording in made up of Marshall’s typically flamboyant improvisations. There is no lack of energy here, with an improvisation on ‘Twinkle twinkle little star’ lasting 20 minutes – as does an adrenalin-charged ‘Ode to Joy’. As exciting as these inventive improvisations are, the inclusion of the Ducasse Pastorale is a welcome contrast, and an opportunity to hear some delicate colours from this impressive new organ. Marshall is not only responsible for playing but also for the recording itself (a particular passion), and the balance and sound quality are absolutely superb.

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