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This first recording of the organ works of Harald Genzmer (1909-2007) reveals music of substance. The fact that Genzmer was a pupil of Hindemith is very apparent in the organ writing, and pieces like the three-movement Pfingstkonzert are every bit as good as his master’s organ sonatas. Unlike Hindemith’s chamber music approach to the organ, Genzmer’s feels more rooted in church tradition. Not only are a number of ancient Christian themes woven into the music, but it is also clearly written for grand liturgical spaces. This comes across well in Gerhard Weinberger’s recording, with the Rieger organ lending both vibrancy and grandeur to Genzmer’s worthy output.

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