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This is not a disc for the faint-hearted; however, those interested in how composers have really pushed the boundaries of tonal possibilities from pipe organs will find a very intelligently put together recording. Pieces like Ligeti’s Harmonies require an assistant to manipulate the wind reservoirs and Robert Cogan’s No attack of organic metals includes pre-recorded electro-mechanical sounds. Using four different instruments, Diane Luchese aims to represent organ design aesthetics across 75 years in this ‘Progressive Recital’. Her copious sleeve notes really help the listener to gain a proper insight into the music and, naturally, the performances are delivered with persuasive conviction.

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