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A large modern organ and skilled player combine to give persuasive performances of the First (1895) and Second (1906) Suites. The spirit of Bach is present in the huge first suite, and there is maturity in the second, where a smaller scale gives time to take breath. Here, too, is an almost French improvisational feel at times. Despite the high-density counterpoint, Sturm works the big instrument well, with great clarity and dexterity. The recorded sound is good. Not music for the faint-hearted, but the overall impression is spacious and compelling.

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