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Dating from 1813, the early romantic Braun organ (reconstructed and restored by Mathis in 2011) in St Marzellus proves an apt, amiable and accommodating vehicle for this Mendelssohn compendium. Yuval Rabin’s general approach to tempi is relaxed (on occasion far too much so) but offers an opportunity to linger over the effusive op.37 Preludes and Fugues, beguiling Andante in F, and ecstatic Sonata no.4. His own Hommage à Mendelssohn, an improvisatory interlacing of a popular Jewish Sabbath song and themes by Mendelssohn, provides a delightful coda.

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