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Great proponents of the saxophone/organ combination, these two Canadian musicians draw together a terrific (if rather short) recital of mostly contemporary pieces. Their repertoire is well contrasted with an abundance of wit and charm in pieces like Bédard’s Sonata I or Verhiel’s Partita Breve. Augusta Read Thomas’s Angel Tears contains clever effects that melt the sound of the two instruments firmly together. The Létourneau organ may not ooze character on its own, but one is drawn in by the alluring colour of the saxophone, and both perform with effortless flair and style. I just wish editors wouldn’t cut the ambience of the room immediately after each final note, thus reducing any atmosphere to digital silence.

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