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David Goode’s series continues with music associated with Christmas: Preludes & Fugues in G major (BWV 550) and A major (BWV 536), Pastorale (BWV 590), ‘Jig’ Fugue (BWV 597), and chorale preludes, including the Canonic Variations on Vom Himmel hoch (BWV 769) which is given a fine performance. From 19 download tracks sent, Goode’s playing combines expressive detail with structural command, but interpretations are hindered through having to click-scroll-click-click in between preludes and fugues and chorale variations. One unfortunate ‘snitch’ occurs between movements of BWV 550, and the intelligent writing in the unpaginated booklet contained pages in the wrong order – frustrating.

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