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With only the imposing Le salut messianique already available on disc (courtesy of David Price on Convivium), here’s a welcome opportunity to hear more by Thierry Pallesco (b.1956). On Glasgow Cathedral’s 1879 Willis organ (rebuilt and redesigned by Harrison & Harrison in 1996) Kevin Bowyer is a characteristically fine intermediary, finding dark poetry in Pallesco’s granite-edged, transcendentally laced music. Immediately apparent in the bracing Suite en fa, the improvisatory edginess of the five Caprices poétiques, contrasted emotions of La femme de l’Apocalypse and exultant Christ a vaincu la mort is Pallesco’s unabashedly Gallic signature (owing something to Duruflé and Dupré), his deeply felt mysticism and, above all, muscular execution. Strong stuff but rewarding.

MICHAEL QUINN Read the full review on Agora Classica


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