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While Bach is the catalyst for this CD, the interpretations follow Karl Straube’s 1913 Peters edition. Hence the kaleidoscopic registration changes and myriad contrasting dynamics, all efficiently handled on this II/22 romantic organ. Repertoire includes Bach’s Fantasia in G major, and the Prelude & Fugue in B minor together with more contemporaneous Bach-inspired music that matches the 1913 organ: Karg-Elert, Schumann, Liszt and Reger. I had never thought of beginning BWV 544 on celestes, but Straube evidently did. Karg-Elert’s Aria & Fugue on Singet dem Herrn is an interesting curio, but Liszt’s Weinen, Klagen needs (ideally) a larger instrument.

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