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A celebrated organist in his time, Eduard Tod composed only a handful of organ works for organ. I cannot fault the performances here, but I do question the juxtaposition of repertoire: rather than Jan Lehtola’s intention to illustrate the evolution of German organ sonata form in the 19th century, the bookending of Tod’s music with organ sonatas by Thuille, Reinecke and Ritter only serves to make Tod’s more Mendelssohnian sonata feel the poorer cousin. The Walcker organ ought to be ideal, but later alterations added French-style reeds, and it is a real shame that Lehtola makes so much use of these stops, which over- dominate, rather than colour, the intricate textures of this German romantic music. The highlights are Tod’s two charming pieces involving other instruments: Fantasie: Wie schön leuchtet uns der Morgenstern for clarinet and organ, op.4, and Andante religioso for horn and organ, op.10.

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