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What a fine idea it is to present Petr Eben’s epic cycle Job (1987) in alternatim with the plain-song verses relating to each movement of the work. The young French organist Olivier d’Ormesson (former pupil of Eric Lebrun and Susan Landale and himself an active composer) plays with great flair and understanding of the ubiquitous struggle between good and evil, darkness and light, suffering and salvation which characterises Job and Eben’s music in general. Performing the work, unusually, on a late Cavaillé-Coll (1894) is an inspired choice, the organ providing all the drama and colour the narrative demands. Hervé Lamy intones the accompanying chants with lucidity and feeling.

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