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Widor played the inaugural recital on this effective romantic organ, restored in 2009 by Gérard Bancells and Denis Lacorre. Chromaticism and Brucknerian scope characterise the Final from his Seventh Symphony. This is followed by an interesting selection of pieces by Langlais, Fleury, Tournemire and Grunenwald, in which Gregorian themes combine with a rich harmonic language. Matthieu de Miguel evokes an enormous palette of organ colour and dynamics with an unerring sense of dramatic rhetoric, which makes a tremendously effective recording. With a perfect match between music and organ in generous acoustics, and with ample liner notes, this is a brilliant recording.

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