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There is much debate regarding which concertos Haydn likely intended for organ and, I must admit, even after digesting the exceedingly comprehensive notes, I’m not sure I’m much the wiser. However, Iain Quinn with the fine players of Arcangelo present Concertos 1, 2 and 6, the last being for violin, organ and strings. The tenth Concerto is also recorded but, rather than making this a double album, it is only available for download. My only bugbear is that, with all the copious detail in the notes, the one crucial thing missing is the organ used. I can only assume the instrument is therefore the 1971 Grant, Degens & Bradbeer organ in the recording venue: St Mary’s Church, Woodford. There is nothing to be ashamed of here – it is a very fine neo-classical instrument deftly played by Quinn. Arcangelo contrasts with the very direct organ timbre, performing with real grace and elegant phrasing.

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