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Summer in Souvigny begins elegantly with a botanical fair and ends in eloquence with the Autumn Musical Journeys festival. Taken live from performances in 2012, this latest offering from the annual event features Olivier Latry on an historic instrument by Louis XVI’s organ builder François-Henri Cliquot dating from 1783, with music drawn from the preceding century.

Not by any means the most beautiful instrument to look at (the casing almost austerely imperial, the console claustrophobically intimate), the III/30 machine is nonetheless a joy to listen to. And to be wondered at too, its ancien régime associations surviving Napoleonic purges and ham-fisted alterations by Goydadin in 1840. (Its wedge-bellows were reconstructed by

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