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An established duo player with his wife Elizabeth, Raymond Chenault’s first solo release focuses on 19th- and 20th-century French and Belgian composers, with Marius Monnikendam’s fiery Toccata and Hendrik Andriessen’s mellifluous Premier Choral flying the flag for Holland. Less a collection of lollipops and more a showcase for Chenault’s dexterity and the polyglottal qualities of the IV/63 Buzard organ, it’s an intelligently assembled, persuasively delivered recital, Messiaen’s Apparition de l’église éternelle blazing with especial fervour. Less convincing are the broad acoustics of Atlanta’s All Saints Episcopal Church, although Chenault’s 42-year-long association as resident organist clearly pays dividends here.

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