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While Liliana Medici Turrini’s exploration of the influence of Bach and (vicariously, through his interest in) Frescobaldi on three very different 20th-century composers certainly intrigues, it never quite convinces, with rather stuttering booklet notes unenlightening. Nonetheless, it’s a robust recital, leading offwith Schoenberg’s colliding of contrapuntalism and abstractionism in the feisty op.40 set of Variations on a recitative, and concludes with Jean Guillou’s magniloquent Toccata. In between are two Frescobaldi-accented works by Giordano Tunioli, the solemnity and mysticism of which are well realised by dedicatee Turrini.

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