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For sheer enjoyment, this delightful collation of music by two masters of the 19th-century Italian orchestral organ style with Guy Bovet’s own back- wards-looking Messa di Pasqua from 2005 can’t be beaten. Vincenzo Petrali’s infectious Six Verses for the Gloria opens proceedings with a fairground sparkle, revelling in a remarkable colour palette, quixotic combinations of reed and solo stops, and some uncharacteristically (for the time) nifty pedal work. With its somewhat naive transcriptions of Verdi’s Aïda, La traviata and Sicilian Vespers, Carlo Fumagalli’s Messa solenne offers a more idiosyncratic experience, but one perfectly framed by Bouvet, whose own Petrali- and Widor-accented Mass is a conducive go-between.

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