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What little we know on disc of the once prolific Jean-Jacques Grunenwald as a composer rests almost solely on his music for organ, and there is precious little of that currently available. This first new recital since Jeremy Filsell’s on Herald in 1999 finds Jean-Luc Étienne in reverential and robust mood with the Two Suites for Organ – boasting the First’s vigorously rhapsodic Allégresse and the Second’s helium-high Scherzetto – the tonally subdued Quatre Élévations and backward- (and sideways-) looking homages of Cinq pièces pour l’Office Divin and the brilliantly contrasted Diptyque liturgie. Sainte-Trinité’s wholly sympathetic Cavaillé-Coll makes much of Grunenwald’s immersion in the French symphonic organ tradition.

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