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This third iteration of Christophe Mantoux’s Alain recital (the first in 1992 on independent French label Studio SM garnering a Grand Prix du Disque; the second on Motette in 2009) boasts new editing and mastering and additional, previously unreleased material from the original sessions. It’s a recital that benefits from the poetic muscle of St-Ouen Abbey Church’s 1890 Cavaillé-Coll, fine notes by Vincent Genvrin and, not least, Mantoux’s deliberate but nuanced playing. Split across two-for-the-price-of-one discs, it is worth investigating for its dexterous and articulate exploration of Alain’s enigmatic way with timbre, colour and emotion.

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