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The instrument in the spotlight here is the Wilhelm Sauer organ of 1894 in a programme incorporating J.S. Bach’s Partita ‘Christ, der du bist der helle Tag’, Mozart’s Fantasia in F minor, the Six Studies in Canonic Form, op.56 of Schumann, and Reger’s Fantasia & Fugue in D minor. Sadly, the rather basic sleeve notes do not reveal the origin of the Mozart arrangement. Andreas Marquardt delivers a fine recital successfully illustrating that, despite its romantic pedigree, Sauer’s instrument handles 200 years of organ repertoire with conviction. Unsurprisingly, it is in the Reger where this instrument really comes alive and the dynamic range is used to terrific effect.

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