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This is the second excellent CD by Notre Dame’s organiste titulaire Jean-Pierre Leguay to appear within a few months. The variable recording history of the great Thierry/Clicquot/Cavaillé-Coll organ seems to be a thing of the past and again the instrument sounds in first-class tonal health. As a bicentenary tribute to Liszt, Leguay brings together the ‘big three’ organ works (B.A.C.H, Weinen, Klagen and Ad nos), interspersed with Introitus and Consolations 4 and 5. The aggressive nature of the Notre Dame reed battery is deployed to maximum effect, but there is much to relish in the array of lesser reeds, strings and flutes in Leguay’s crisply articulated and fluent performances – he never lets Lisztian bombast overwhelm the search for clarity of rhythm and line. Festivo’s exciting and satisfying recording is notably clear and smooth. Highly recommended, especially as a single-CD route to the ‘big three’.

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