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Solstice has been releasing a number of ‘historic’ recordings made by Pierre Labric in the 1970s. These recordings may be of historical interest to some, but there are certainly better recordings avail- able (e.g. Ben van Oosten or Andrew-John Smith, both from La Madeleine) – some of the fugues in particular feel rather wayward. There are also a lot of slips and errors that wouldn’t pass on a modern recording – particularly during the rather brittle rendition of Gigout’s Grand chœur dialogué which incongruously completes the recording. Unfortunately, there is some deterioration of the master evident in many places, though on the plus side, Michel Roubinet’s notes are very thorough and illuminating.

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