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Here’s an enterprising release, let down for non-Dutch speakers by the lack of translated booklet notes. On the plus side, their absence compels focus on the music. And fascinating it proves to be, Aart Bergwerffadroitly channelling the distinctive sound of the bandoneon to showcase new tango compositions and arrangements for organ with requisite poetry, passion and panache. Mezzo-soprano Gerrie de Vries lends smouldering smokiness to Klaas de Vries’s tangos for voice and organ (specially recomposed here), but the disc belongs to Bergwerff, quietly excelling in the contrasts of Stravinsky’s spicy Tango, Jeroen van Veen’s extended Minimal Prelude no.60 and Piazzolla’s ruminative Oblivion.

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