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The cover would appear to suggest that the main feature of this recording is the established Saxton/Olsen trumpet and organ duo, but in fact this is ‘Pipe Organs of North Carolina, volume 2’, so really a showcase of the 1977 Fisk organ. Primarily a teaching instrument, it has particular French baroque leanings, hence the ‘French muse’ in the form of a Grigny Hymn, Franck’s Prélude, fugue et variation and some 16th-century Danses by Claude Gervaise. These Danses and Ted Oliver’s Frost and wind are the only pieces featuring Judith Saxton, which is a shame as the brass instruments sound fine in the hall. Of the remaining contemporary American pieces, only Aaron Travers’s Three Pieces communicate well in such dry acoustics.

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