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The new Diekirch organ is clearly capturing the imagination. I wrote about Maurice Clement’s remarkable Wagner-influenced CD in these pages recently, and Reitze Smits has also recorded a CD of Rachmaninov transcriptions. Here, the Belgian organist Stéphane Mottoul (b.1990) – who studied in Paris and Stuttgart – makes use of it for a stellar complete Duruflé. There is a real poetry about this organ; the pair of swell boxes, fabulous colour reeds, layers of 8ft colour and splendid acoustics all help. Thomas’s amplification of its Franco-Germanic basis (a much-altered 1870 Dalstein-Haerpfer organ) is a good starting point for Duruflé, whose ideal organ encompassed the tastes of the organ reform movement alongside the legacy of the French symphonic style. The Diekirch instrument is infinitely more elegant than the French organs built according to those ideals in Durufle’s lifetime; only the very prominent Grand Orgue plein jeu seems to ‘harden’ the tutti more than might be desirable. Mottoul’s is a name to watch out for.

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