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This CD marks the resurrection of a most remarkable instrument which was essentially destroyed 75 years ago but now lives again following a painstaking reconstruction. The organ is an intoxicating fusion of 17th- and 18th-century northern and southern European styles, and it is brilliantly demonstrated by Szadejko with suitable repertoire from Sweelinck (appropriately, his Variations on a Polish Dance) to Buxtehude’s mighty Magnificat Prima toni. Here, the organ speaks with incredible authority, underpinned by the separate Gross-Pedal division – probably the only one of its kind when installed in 1703. In this recording one can really revel in the extraordinary soundworld of another age – all brilliantly captured in the vast acoustics by the MDG team in Super Audio.

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