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As the recently appointed titular organist of the famous church of Sainte-Clotilde, Olivier Penin certainly has a rich heritage to draw on for this homage, with the remarkable lineage of Franck, Pierné, Tournemire, Duruflé (temporarily), Bonnal, Langlais, and Pierre Cogan. Despite the attempts of the 2003 rebuild to restore the sounds of the original Cavaillé-Coll, the ‘authentic’ tonal palette of César Franck is largely lost. However, Penin wants to encourage us to feel that the organ evolved along with the compositions of Tournemire and Langlais. For me, therefore, the 20th-century pieces are the most interesting and are recorded with limpid clarity.

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