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Following hard on the heels of John Scott Whiteley’s recording of German romantic music, we now have another release from Selby Abbey – this time with a recital of predominantly French romantic music. The Abbey may lack the resonance of a typical French cathedral, but the recently restored Hill organ of 1909 fares well at providing the right colours for Tournemire, Duruflé and Messiaen’s L’Ascension. There is quite a lot of extraneous noise on this recording, but it does not particularly detract from fine performances from Aleksandr Nisse. If nothing else, I recommend buying this disc for the very welcome discovery of Six pièces by Nisse’s aunt Danielle Salvignol-Nisse – six wonderfully colourful miniatures which owe much to Danielle’s teacher, Jean Langlais.

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