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The Duo Dulciâme present two familiar violin and organ works, the Ouverture and Theme and variations of Rheinberger, with a lesser known suite by Adolf Busch, a disciple of Reger. The attempt to illustrate the success of this ‘alliance of opposites’ is unfortunately marred by poor balance between instruments: with the organ captured at close proximity, we lose the atmosphere of the room, and are treated to little variety in organ registration and dynamics. The little pieces by Guilmant and Franck with harmonium fare much better. Sadly, the whole is rather spoilt by poor violin intonation and a lack of melodic direction often due to an overly literal interpretation of composers’ markings.

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