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Pilgrimages presents six major works by the Canadian organist/composer Rachel Laurin. The music is well crafted in a kind of New World fusion of musical styles from France, Germany and England. Many of the works are character pieces, especially the Étude-Caprice ‘Beelzebub’s Laugh’ or the Quatre pèlerinages en Lorraine where French sonorities clearly prevail. A particular highlight is the Fantasy and Fugue on the Genevan Psalm 47 for organ duet, in which Portman is joined at the organ by the composer. Portman delivers flawless performances throughout with plenty of flair, bringing to life Laurin’s imaginative and demanding scores.

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