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Close recording and slight action noise add to the character of this 4-manual 1774 Isnard organ. A well-preserved instrument in appropriate-period repertoire is a treat in itself, though purists might wish for a German example. Lengthy academic notes about Klavierübung III in French, with imperfect English translation, comprise the sleeve notes; something about the organ and player would have been welcome. Pierre Bardon’s interpretations and registrations are communicative and attractive, creating an exciting disc that will make for a tonal contrast to other recordings of Klavierübung III. Bardon’s swift playing, and the instrument’s timbres, are most eloquent in the more intricate, softly voiced pieces.

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