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Though I have previously written of the thrilling interpretations of lesser-known Dupré pupil Pierre Labric, he is not at his best on this 1973 recording. Perhaps the stylistic legacy of his teacher is less at home in this often lyrical music, which demands some rhythmic suppleness. Listeners may well be surprised at Labric’s laboured tempi in the E and B major Preludes in particular, and by his bizarre, almost Guillou-esque registrations in the G major, op 109/2. In addition, the organ is badly out of the tune and the recorded sound very poor. Interesting, yes, but hardly recommendable.

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