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Acknowledging a long-held passion for symphonic repertoire that heavily features percussion, Daniel Oyarzabal here presents arrangements (mostly his own) of a variety of such orchestral works with organ and percussion. The irony is that the five-manual Klais instrument built in 2013 is not a symphonic instrument but very much in the Spanish tradition. Sometimes this provides an effective, almost fairground, array of colours, particularly for the finale of Le carnaval des animaux, the extracts from Capriccio espagnol or the main feature: Ravel’s Boléro. Two Bach pieces seem out of context in the playlist of what is otherwise quite an effective and engaging programme.

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