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The ‘organ tour’ CD format often produces engaging results and this all too brief example is no exception. Oberlausitz (Upper Lusatia) is a historical region today straddling the German borders with Poland and the Czech Republic. Matthias Grünert, Cantor of Dresden’s Frauenkirche, provides spirited performances of repertoire ranging from Bach (BWV 541, 766) to transcriptions of Schumann and Tchaikovsky on a wide selection of mostly highly interesting and unknown instruments. These range from the very intriguing 1765 Tamitius organ in Waltersdorf (clearly the finest instrument on the disc) via various mid- and post- romantic organs (including the 4-manual 1936 Schuster organ at Seifhennersdorf) to some pretty ‘scharff’ 1980s neo-baroquery from Eule. Unusual historical practices indigenous to specific regions make one take notice; here, Friedrich Jahn’s 1853 organ for Schönbach with its two ‘septième’ cornets demands attention, especially as the second (III ranks) is on the pedal and consists of wooden pipes…

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