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The respected German composer Christian Ridil taught for 25 years at the Goethe University in Frankfurt. The music presented here spans the period 1967-2001 and in general speaks a fairly neutral 1960s vernacular. This makes for a challenging listen despite Ridil’s sensitive feeling for texture in particular. Both the short Meditations on ‘Ehre sei Dir, Christe’ (1967) and the Fantasia on ‘In dich hab ich gehoffet’ (2001) provide programmatic commentary on the text, while Voci for trombone and organ and the four pieces for oboe and organ include extended monologues for the solo instrument. Jasmin Neubauer’s performances are excellent, as are those of her colleagues. The Goll organ sounds a little unmemorable, although it is maybe hampered by the limitations of being housed in what is essentially a classroom. This is an interesting profile of a clearly talented composer, but is an acquired taste nevertheless.

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