Awesome Organ

Best loved classical organ music
Naxos 8.578179

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This CD is a compilation of recordings dating back as far as 1988 of some organ favourites (there’s a movement from a Handel organ concerto (originally conceived for the harp!), two from Poulenc’s organ concerto and – inevitably – some Widor) alongside Baroque “hits” like Bach’s celebrated Toccata and Fugue in D minor (rather ironically, given its heritage) and some less familiar stuff like a Prelude in F by Buxtehude, a Toccata in E minor by Pachelbel and a Prelude and Fugue by Böhm. So it’s a nice selection of works for the instrument, albeit probably not (in the strictest sense) for our readers – especially since the “comprehensive booklet notes” promised on the back of the CD are typical Naxos fare.

Brian Clark

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