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Here is a perfect marriage of performer, instrument and recording engineer. The 1890 Cavaillé-Coll organ in Orléans Cathedral is about as close as you can get to the sound of the instrument in Paris that so inspired Franck to compose for the organ, and it is captured beautifully on this disc in both stereo and surround sound. Pétur Sakari is a fine interpreter with nothing overstated. With plenty of rubato but no lack of forward momentum, he succeeds in elevating these works from mere organ music to a true symphonic experience – something few performers fully achieve. For Franck aficionados: the Pièce héroïque concludes with the rarely heard ‘Trocadero’ ending.

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