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Recorded in 1980, works by Augustin Barié (1883- 1915) make for interesting listening. The sound reproduction lacks digital clarity, but speech (and action noise) of the Nantes instrument is vivid enough. André Marchal championed the forgotten Barié, who had been his predecessor at Saint-German-des-Prés. The final Toccata, which, like the Symphonie op.5 and the other three pieces represented here, is full of invention, and not far in language from that of his contemporary Louis Vierne. Spirited playing from Marie-Thérèse Jehan makes for truly fine music. There’s a surprise vignette at the end as Marchal is heard at home, speaking of Barié.

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