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With the death of Jean Guillou earlier this year, we lost perhaps the most remarkable of organ visionaries. Zuzana Ferjenčíková, a former student of Guillou, had already embarked on a CD series of his works and this first volume contains three original pieces alongside Guillou’s transcription of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an exhibition. Ferjenčíková begins with Guillou’s first published work, the Fantaisie, and here I found the playing rather too ponderous (indeed, the performance takes almost a third longer than Guillou’s own recording) and lacking the driving energy one is used to hearing from this composer and his music. Säya (‘Blue bird’) is a more successful step into Guillou’s poetic dreamworld. The excellent notes reveal a powerful intellectual and emotional understanding of Guillou’s œuvre, and it will be interesting to see how this series evolves.

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