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In a word: blissful. Here is a sublime compendium of Hugo Distler’s sacred music for choir and organ in rewarding SACD-recorded sound. Maria Jürgensen and the Norddeutscher Kammerchor make much – and with enormous, affecting sympathy – of the composer’s rich, respectful take on Reformation-era Lutheran melodies, with soprano Christina Roterberg a nuanced interpreter of his distinctive, often ethereal, word setting. Heinz Werner Zimmermann’s Choral Variations on a Theme of Hugo Distler – the Nürnberg Grosses Gloria – is a fitting, evocative filler. Arvid Gast provides sympathetic accompaniment to Roterberg in three sacred concert pieces and, sweetly so, in the op.18 no.2 Organ Sonata. Highly recommended.

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