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The organ of St Johannis, Lüneburg, is an exceptionally fine instrument. It contains a significant amount of old pipework from Niehoff, Stellwagen and Dropa, and was restored in the original cases by Beckerath in 1976. This is the organ, before the addition of the pedal towers by Dropa in 1715, that Böhm played, and on which he no doubt taught the teenage J.S. Bach. Superbly recorded and faithful to both clarity and the large acoustics, this organ sings, even in the plenos with maybe 20 ranks of mixture work! Kåre Nordstoga is a fine player with a natural feeling for tempo and articulation to match the acoustics, and an excellent sense of style; these are very fine performances. There are ten Toccatas, Preludes & Fugues here, plus the little Fugue in G minor and the Fugue on a theme of Corelli. Wonderful varied plenos, gentle singing principals, and some ravishing flutes and reeds all make for a very satisfying whole. The programme for each disc is divided by a chorale partita, allowing Nordstoga to use many of the lovely quieter registers not heard in the large works. An ideal match of music, organ and performer. Highly recommended.

DOUGLAS HOLLICK Read the full review on Agora Classica


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