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In anticipation of a rebuild of the organ of Mainz Dom, cathedral organist Daniel Beckmann is keen to illustrate that, by avoiding all later additions, one can still appreciate the appeal of the original late- romantic Klais instrument of 1928. Inevitably, the organ is not in great shape, the louder sections sounding a little incoherent, although this is pleasantly offset by some ravishingly intimate orchestral sounds elsewhere. Beckmann’s renditions of Mendelssohn Sonatas nos. 1 and 3, Mozart’s Fantasie K608 and Liszt’s Fantasia & Fugue on BACH plus the Variations on ‘Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen’ are highly assured and fine interpretations.

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