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There is no shortage of recent recordings and retrospectives of Mendelssohn’s organ music, but none quite like this. As with his previous MDG recordings, Christoph Schoener takes full advantage of the ‘organ complex’ at St Michael’s. All four recently built or restored organs are heard individually for the first four works. Then Karg-Elert’s arrangement of Trauermarsch illustrates what dramatic effects can be achieved by combining the vast Steinmeyer of 1962 with the 1914 Marcussen and a newly installed large Fernwerk in the ceiling, enhanced all the more if you can listen with an SACD player. All is fine in conventional stereo, though, and the intricate detail of the six Preludes & Fugues for piano can be fully appreciated despite the aural perspective.

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