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Revealed in 2010 in Houston’s Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, the IV/75 Martin Pasi Opus 19 organ – the Washington-based firm’s largest instrument to date – deports itself with a decidedly European accent. Reeds drawing on four centuries of French and German tradition, horizontal trumpets acknowledging a Spanish influence and its dual mechanical and electro-mechanical action (a first for the US, claims Pasi) together with three 32ftstops and a sophisticated computer system all make for a multi-faceted, chameleon-like instrument. Cathedral organist and director of music Crista Miller’s centuries-spanning, Franco-German programme and excellent notes offer a full and varied introduction to an organ rich in resources that adroitly balances power and poetry in large but accommodating acoustics.

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