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One is immediately inclined to liken the style of New England composer George Whitefield Chadwick to that of Joseph Rheinberger. Chadwick did indeed spend three months under Rheinberger’s tutelage in Munich and also some study in Leipzig before returning to Boston to teach and compose. The influence of Rheinberger extends to the forms and titles of works including variations, canzonettas and pastorals. The tonally untouched Aeolian-Skinner organ at Winthrop University is not a bad choice of instrument for Chadwick’s music given its neo-classical, Germanic leanings. This is music that deserves to be better known and is deftly executed here by Parker Ramsey.

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