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Guilmant’s Sonatas are often overshadowed by the great organ symphonies of the following genera- tion of organ composers. Guilmant’s structure is certainly conservative in comparison, but across three CDs one can appreciate the composer’s development which, by the eighth sonata, begins to assume much more symphonic character. Falcioni’s performances are magisterial – tastefully executed with plenty of drama. The fine Vergezzi-Bossi organ speaks with Gallic authority in the vast acoustics and is a good vehicle for this music. For such an important appraisal of Guilmant’s work, the liner notes are sadly minimal.

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