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‘Brahms meets Bruckner’ proclaims the cover of this CD. Two very different composers who, although united by a love of counterpoint, never saw eye-to- eye. The link with Bruckner here is a bonus track of his Perger Präludium and, of course, the use of the historic ‘Bruckner Organ’ in St Florian. All Brahms’s organ works are brilliantly and sensitively performed by Andreas Etinger. The celebrated organ has no shortage of rich timbres, easily accommodating Brahms’s oft-used instruction ‘forte ma dolce’. Some may find the acoustics quite overwhelming; however, Etinger takes great care to ensure every element of Brahms’s counterpoint is heard clearly.

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