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Tom Winpenny continues his fine series of the organ works of Olivier Messiaen. This fourth volume gives a snapshot of Messiaen’s compositional style in the 1950s and 60s with the Livre d’orgue alongside the Verset pour la fête de la dédicace and Monodie. Here, Messiaen uncompromisingly lays bare his experimentations in serial composition and abstract permutations of dynamics and timbre – a significant step away from his previous biblically-inspired compositions. A slightly random, but not unwelcome, bonus is the premiere recording of the Tristan et Yseult love theme of 1945. Winpenny’s excellent performance is enhanced by the vibrant colours of the Dudelange instrument.

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