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This disc of organ improvisations marks 10 years since Dupont won the coveted St Albans International Improvisation Competition – and is dedicated to the memory of festival founder Peter Hurford. Over the course of three sets of improvisations, Dupont uncovers almost every tonal possibility from the colourful St Albans instrument. Keen to avoid any pastiche, Dupont favours true free improvisation; however, ‘this is not about creating … something unheard of, but about taking the listener on a musical journey.’ Dupont’s style is therefore always approachable; indeed, the simple lyricism in the Suite improvisée is reminiscent of Langlais. Across the whole recording there is a veritable melting-pot of musical influences from the French organ tradition, served with great élan by Dupont.

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