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Fast-emerging young Canadian organist Isabelle Demers’s second recital cements the promise of last year’s debut with a disc of surprisingly muscular works by her compatriot Rachel Laurin. Owing much to the French symphonic school, the music exults in bright bombast shot through with striking pyrotechnical effects, nowhere more vividly displayed than in the combustible Toccata of the First Organ Symphony, and the boldly realised Étude héroïque. Demers has the music firmly at her fingers, nimbly alert to Laurin’s penchant for grand statement even within compact miniatures such as the op.43 Douze courtes pièces. Vivid sound adds to the pleasure, the composer’s own disappointing booklet detracts from it.

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