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If your only experience of Gaston Litaize is the Danse fugée then you are in for a treat. Jeremy Filsell’s wonderfully presented recording exposes a rich œuvre combining ‘the symphonicism of Vierne, the virtuosity of Dupré, and the chant- based mysticism of Tournemire.’ It is curious that outside France Litaize is not held on the same pedestal as his contemporaries Alain, Langlais, Messiaen and Duruflé. The fine Aeolian-Skinner organ of 1968 (one of the company’s last) proves a perfect vehicle for this neo-classical music – recorded with plenty of warmth and depth to the sound without obscuring the precision of Filsell’s vibrant performance.

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