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On this CD, Richard Brasier presents works by Byrd, Rogg, J.S. and C.P.E. Bach, Schumann, Mendelssohn and Rinck. It is nice to hear one of Kenneth Tickell’s parish church organs, a fine colourful instrument, albeit in dry acoustics. Brasier is here more at home with the later repertoire. The Bach Passacaglia is registered with many piston changes of stops, a halt before the Fugue (where Bach writes to carry though continuously), and a sudden large dynamic change in the middle of the Fugue – all detrimental to the structure of this work. The two Rogg Études are very effective, with clean and precise playing, and Brasier’s interpretation of the Schumann Sketches is a delight. It is welcome to have a set of variations by Rinck, a composer whose music we should hear much more.

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