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Superbly recorded and beautifully presented in a hardback format with a 98-page booklet crammed with illuminating notes, beautiful full-colour photographs, archive black-and-white images and texts, this impressive two-disc offering sets out to place Messiaen in the context of his contemporaries during the 1930s. Recorded on the sumptuous III/61 Cavaillé-Coll of Sainte-Trinité in Paris, the programme includes Messiaen’s Le banquet céleste, two extracts from Les corps glorieux and a number of improvisations using modes developed by him (dispatched with flair and feeling by Arjan Versluis) as well as music by Claire Delbos, Jolivet, Daniel-Lesur, Langlais, Dupré, Tournemire and Charles Migot. Sharing the honours with Versluis are Anton Doornhein and Hans van Gelder – a remarkable trinity in Trinité. Highly recommended.

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