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To mark the 850th anniversary of the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris in 2013, Olivier Latry pays homage to a number of his predecessors from the last 300 years, from Daquin and Balbastre to Cochereau, and includes one of his own improvisations. Although the organ itself has undergone many alterations over this time, it is still possible to get a good (if refined) impression of the 18th-century pieces as well as a technicolour palette for Vierne and Cochereau. The recent legacy of Cochereau is well illustrated by a reconstitution of the dramatic Boléro improvised in 1973 with percussion. Here, as elsewhere on the disc, the clarity of the recording brings out the best of Latry’s dramatic delivery.

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