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François Espinasse pays tribute to his mentor Xavier Darasse with that composer’s Organum VIII – a startling work for organ and brass quintet that bristles and boils with unflinching imagination and inventiveness, the 1994 Bancells organ in the Chapelle Sainte-Claire providing a suitably coy accompaniment to the unabashed playing of the Quintette de Cuivres. The challeng- ing hybrid of Gilbert Amy’s Three Inventions – a dazzling, improvisationally accented homage to Darasse that owes as much to Bach, heard here in the 2001 revision – draws intensely committed playing from Espinasse. Messiaen’s sublime Pentecost Mass offers its own tranquil ecstasies to the excitements elsewhere on this richly rewarding recital. It’s a pity the booklet omits the English translation of Vincent Genvrin’s excellent note on the Messiaen.

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