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Beneath the meditative, still surfaces of Zvonimir Nagy’s prayerful, post-minimalist, ambient-leaning music is constant, if glacially slow, movement. Atmosphere and allusion is all here, Angelus mimicking a tolling bell with subterranean subtlety, the palindromic, five-part Litanies of the Soul carrying itself with exquisitely engineered precision. The largest work, the seven Preludes for a Prayer, offers a contemplative journey from private to public rapture, with the miniature Prayer exploring similar territory in more robust style. The Two Canons more obviously reveal Nagy’s intricate approach: ‘Inner Self’ an involving trio in three different registers, ‘Carmen Perpetuum’ two great tectonic slabs (voiced separately on manuals and pedals) in close but differently paced proximity.

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