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Finnish organist Kari Vuola tackles Franck’s Choral no.1 in E minor and the Cantabile from the Trois pièces. But whereas he takes 17:08 minutes for the Choral and 6:48 for the Cantabile, Gillian Weir by contrast takes 15:22 and 6:18 respectively; I feel this music benefits from her stronger forward momentum. More in his Nordic bones is Liszt’s Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen, whose quiet variations register distinctly without being overwhelmed by the full organ force of the others. Saint-Saëns’s Prelude & Fugue in B major, Gigout’s Toccata and Vierne’s Carillon de Westminster, on the other hand, require stronger projection than they receive here.

ANDREW THOMSON Read the full review on Agora Classica


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