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The close recording of this 1929 Gonzales organ, plus the studied attention Yoann Tardivel brings to Alain’s idiosyncratic phrasing, provide a welcome reading of the works from 1932 to 1937. These include the Trois mouvements for flute and organ; its method of tone production allows the flute, above other instruments, to match organ timbre in a beguiling counterpoint. As well as insightful playing, Tardivel’s philosophical sleeve notes explain much about Alain’s volte-face reaction to the dominance of Dupré and how the piano music of Chopin shaped his language. Some ambient noise is a small distraction in this thoughtfully conceived release.

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