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The modest-sized (II/26) though arrestingly forceful Cavaillé-Coll of Saint-Hippolyte in Poligny is not far from the Swiss border, where clean air has preserved its tone with crystal clarity. It presents the final volume in a comprehensive series of Saint-Saëns’s œuvre (vols. 2 and 3) plus transcriptions (vol.1). Here are short and single works spanning the composer’s life and a rewarding collection too, played with verve and understanding. Brooks’s scholarly and entertaining sleeve notes complement this most listenable collection. There are lesser-known treasures here to discover.

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