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The much altered Jean de Joyeuse organ was finally knocked into convincing shape by Muno in 1998. David Ponsford puts it through its paces in a fine selection of pieces from Lebègue’s giant Troisième livre d’orgue, together with Nivers’s Suite du premier ton. I love the tempi for the music in the giant acoustics and especially the pacing of the ornamentation, which matches the mood of the pieces – often fluttering manically in the hands of others, here it creates elegance. There’s lots to savour, including occasional nightingales and mighty ravalements. Who says the Brits can’t stump up brilliant performers of this repertoire?

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