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Even 50 years after its composition, Volumina still challenges everyone’s perceptions of the organ. At a time when electronic composition was beginning to appeal to radical composers, Ligeti saw possibilities in the organ as a source of sound rather than a symphonic instrument. Susteck’s new recording is remarkable in bringing Ligeti’s vision alive in ways not heard before, thanks to the revolutionary design of the organ in St Peter’s Art Station, Cologne. This instrument offers composers possibilities even beyond Ligeti’s imagination. In his interpretation of Ligeti’s music, alongside his own improvisations (after Ligeti), Susteck’s recording is thoroughly captivating and thought-provoking – you will hear sounds you never thought possible from an acoustic instrument!

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