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Gail Archer is a strong advocate for female organists and composers and here presents three pieces by Nadia Boulanger, Jeanne Demessieux’s familiar Te Deum, and two significant suites by Jennifer Higdon and Judith Bingham. The pieces would come to life in more resonant acoustics, but this organ is recorded so close and without much compensation in the performing style that everything falls rather flat. Nadia Boulanger’s pieces sadly don’t illustrate the true significance of this remarkable figure, and Higdon’s Ceremonies Suite fails to sparkle. Bingham’s series of tableaux (subtitled ‘melodrama’) would have delivered more drama with more incisive rhythm and some sense of space which the building was unable to afford.

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