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Paolo Bottini, who realises his arrangements of familiar music from the early-to-middle period of Debussy’s life on the III/28 Annessens Ruyssers organ of San Gioacchino ai Prati in Rome, built in 1908. If you harbour scepticism that the sustained tone of the pianoforte will translate successfully to the organ, you’ll head – as I did – straight for La cathédrale engloutie, and not be disavowed. But not all of Debussy’s piano music is performed with the sustain pedal permanently engaged: both listener and performer must trade off the limitations of the organ’s articulation against the possibilities afforded by its orchestral tone palette. Bottini’s programme offers Guilmant’s arrangement of the Andantino from the String Quartet, Léon Roques’s of L’enfant prodigue, Gaston Choisnel’s of La damoi- selle élue and his own versions of Two Arabesques (earning a Vierne-like thumbs-up), Children’s Corner, and the Petite Suite for four hands; in the suite, the organ nails ‘Cortège’ and ‘Ballet’, but really struggles with the rocking motion and gently rippling waters of ‘En bâteau’. The French language doesn’t recognise curate’s eggs, so in this intriguing and undoubtedly committed disc, ‘il y a du bon et du mauvais’…

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