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Fanfare Magazine: 43:4 (03-04/2020) 
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Reviewer: James A. Altena

In the previous issue, I reviewed a CD of Hilger Kespohl playing organ works by Matthias Weckmann. My verdict there was that the performances were commendable but outclassed by several rival versions. This disc, I’m pleased to say, is another matter. Here Kespohl has a superior instrument at his disposal—the Arp Schnitger organ of the Pankratiuskirche in Neuenfelde (near Hamburg), completed in 1688—and recorded acoustic space. Even more important, he demonstrates a complete understanding of and total sympathy for Scheidemann’s compositional idiom, as well as masterly technical proficiency and a keen ear for colorful stops and registrations. MDG as usual provides a detailed booklet with complete organ specifications (including registrations and stops used for individual works and their sections), plus an artist bio and color photos. This is simply the best recording of Scheidemann’s organ music I have been privileged to hear; please MDG, have Kespohl undertake a badly needed complete Scheidemann series with this instrument to supplant the one on Naxos. Urgently recommended.

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