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This is the first recording on the new Pascal Quoirin organ and, for Jon Gillock, a return to the Church of the Ascension where he gave the New York premiere of Messiaen’s Méditations back in 1974. The organ has been designed to accommodate every registration called for by Messiaen and this it does, not just on paper, but with tremendous musical integrity. The building itself may not offer much by way of acoustics, but the organ responds with warmth and colour – Messiaen’s resonant chords are simply alive with colour, especially the effervescent tuttis. Gillock delivers a well-paced spiritual journey through this remarkably theatrical and conversational work.

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