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The danger of combining the organ with a solo instrument is that there can often be a plethora of worthy meditative pieces but a more limited choice of energetic repertoire. Recent CD releases would suggest no shortage of music for trombone and organ, but a lot of the repertoire on Fantasia is not terribly engaging when heard as a whole. The chorale-based variations of Johann Immanuel Müller make a welcome contrast on the final track, and there is interesting use made of the trombone as an obbligato part in Bach’s Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir. The organ, a large four-manual instrument built by Nichols & Simpson in 2014, often sounds rather distant in comparison to the trombone, particularly in more contrapuntal passagework.

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