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Here’s a thrilling reminder, drawn from previously unreleased recordings from the Notre-Dame de Paris archive, of Pierre Cochereau at the height of his powers. Taken from live performances over the six years from 1969, they include two first-ever recordings by him – Bach’s BWV 622 Chorale and Duruflé’s Prélude et fugue sur le nom d’ALAIN – alongside core repertoire pieces closely associated with Cochereau’s long career. Evident throughout is a master at work: Franck’s Choral no.2 luminously beautiful, Messiaen’s Le banquet céleste hypnotically mysterious, Gigout’s B minor Toccata a virtuosic whirlwind. Contributions from Mendelssohn and Vierne complete a disc gloriously showcasing talent of rare virtuosity and even rarer intelligence in excellent recorded sound. Pity about the over-wrought and poorly translated booklet note.

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