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There are few contemporary organ voices as intense or idiosyncratic as that belonging to Robert Sirota. Born in New York in 1949, he met and married his muse, organist Victoria Sirota, while still in college 45 years ago. Their musical partnership has forged a distinctive signature all of its own, as evidenced by this first disc devoted to his organ music (his string quartets feature on a CD Baby release). The musical language is intense, concentrated and darkly lyrical but communicates with an obvious immediacy, evidenced by the acrobatic Toccata and grand- standing Four Pieces. Performances – including Norman Fischer’s haunting cello in Easter Canticles and the composer (who also provides booklet notes) on piano in the characterful Letters Abroad – are excellent throughout.

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