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Equally active as both pianist and organist, the Korean Jae-Hyuck Cho studied at the Juillard School and served as an organist in the New York/New Jersey area for nearly 25 years. This first solo organ CD includes an expressionist rendering of BWV 565 as well as Liszt’s ‘Ad Nos’ and ‘BACH’. By far the most interesting track on the disc is the first recording of the impressionist Pahdo by Korean composer Texu Kim. Cho plays with great technique on the noisy, enlarged and electrified Cavaillé-Coll at La Madeleine, whose sound is atmospherically captured and whose recent chamade is heard mercifully rarely. The booklet is very odd, with no information about the organ or the music (save for the composer’s programme note about Pahdo) and only a semi- autobiographical note by the player.

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