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This fifth volume of Pamela Decker performing her own music includes four first recordings. Of primary interest is the nine- movement The Seven Last Words and Triumph of Christ. Composed in 2018 and played by Douglas Cleveland, it makes much of Seattle’s characterful, well-resourced IV/58 Flentrop organ to move eloquently between contemplative poetry and powerful drama. Cleveland’s gentle account of Meditation (2005) – a birthday tribute by Decker’s husband, Ken Yuki – is touchingly lyrical. Decker provides an authoritative traversal of the Duruflé-accented Fantasy on the Name of Roy Andrew Jackson (2015). The multi-faceted Praeludium is vividly realised by Edward Landin Senn, who commissioned it in 2016.

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