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The musical source for this recording is Karl Straube’s edition of ten Preludes & Fugues, published in 1913, which, as Christopher Anderson states in his informative liner notes, offers an ‘excruciating degree of detail’: fingering, pedalling, tempi, phrasing, touch, dynamics, registration, supplemented by a plethora of footnotes. Dean Billmeyer has recreated Straube’s interpretations on restored organs by Wilhelm Sauer. Presumably, the microphone position is situated far back to capture the enormous power of these organs, aiding smooth crescendi and diminuendi through the stops. This is a real time machine, often with slow tempi, but a kaleidoscope of romantic organ colour.

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