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Paul Carr’s richly allusive and superbly executed debut recital disc is a gourmet feast. Taking its cue from the French flavours of St Chad’s III/40 Walker organ, Carr’s Gallic table d’hôte offers Naji Hakim’s typically sweet-and-sour Ouverture liba- naise as a starter, following that with the amuse-bouche of Gerald Hendrie’s clever Marcel Dupré homage, the Toccata & Fugue in F sharp minor; the complex soufflés of Dupré’s two Esquisses are followed by the bonne bouche of Dupré’s own distillation of Purcell’s Trumpet Tune; Jean Guillou’s arrangement of the March from Prokofiev’s The Love for Three Oranges serves as a sharpener before the thrilling technical challenges of the main course: David Briggs’s transcription of the Daphnis et Chloé Suite no.2, which succeeds at the well-nigh impossible task of capturing the essence of Ravel’s glittering orchestral masterwork. For dessert, there’s Gaston Litaize’s Scherzo, and as a rare bon-bon, a vision of scudding, sunlit clouds in Nuages ensoleillés sur le Cap Nègre by Eugène Reuchsel. Délicieux!

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