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Nicolas de Grigny’s Premier livre d’orgue (1699) contains the Mass and the hymns for the principal feasts of the church year. This double CD is a must-have – and it’s a whopper; the erudite liner notes are worth having in their own right. All too often this repertoire is lefthigh and dry, without the supporting plainsong: L’école de Nivers provides the chant in a broad-based tempo, and it is refreshing to hear the inclusion of the serpent (played by Philip Humphries). The 1752 Lépine organ clings limpet-like to the west wall of Sarlat Cathedral in the haut-Dordogne and is a forgotten gem; it is well offthe beaten track, and it is good to hear it recorded once again. Its ten-stop Positif, sixteen-stop (16ft) Grand Orgue, two-stop Récit, Écho (a Cornet) and eight-stop Pédale (with thunderous ravalement) are resources that David Ponsford relishes, and he doesn’t hold back.

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