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It is often the case that attempts to build a large French-romantic-style organ that is tame enough to accompany a choir produce disappointing results. However, this new organ from the Montreal firm Juget-Sinclair asserts itself with integrity and great authority in the hands of Jason Alden. Alden steers away from the predictable French classics: the two Fantaisies by Jehan Alain are particular highlights, as is a neglected piece by Alain’s father, Albert. Franck’s Prière is notoriously hard to pull off, but here all the lines sing beautifully. Widor’s Second Symphony may not be the most interesting to choose but it concludes a fine recital.

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