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Couperin: Organ Masses / Jean-baptiste Robin

Release Date: 09/20/2005 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557741-42   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  François Couperin
Performer:  Jean-Baptiste Robin
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 34 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Although we usually associate Masses with vocal music, these solo organ works by a very young François Couperin (published in 1690) are examples of a form and style common to the place and time--one that included the organ as a significant part of the celebration of Mass, either replacing or enhancing sections of the spoken liturgy. The producers of this outstanding recording--presented in vivid, palpably realistic sound on two CDs--have chosen to include only the organ's contributions to these services, wisely eliminating the interspersed plainchant passages that would have occurred in a normal service.

While the purely musical rewards of this recital are many--Couperin
Read more exhibits an impressive range of formal/structural technical mastery, particularly regarding counterpoint and use of texture, register, and articulation for expressive/dramatic effect--organ enthusiasts will absolutely want to hear this for the commanding presence of the organ itself. The well-preserved, minimally altered 18th-century François-Henri Clicquot organ at Poitiers Cathedral is one of the world's treasures, and its indisputably authentic French credentials are on full display here, particularly regarding the assertive, rich-colored reeds (the 16' bombarde pedal stop is a treat!) and lively, lustrous winds. Organist Jean-Baptiste Robin knows this instrument well and delightfully exploits its multifarious voices (if only we had a list of the registrations he uses on each track) while making sure we hear the important inner lines and plainchant themes. If you love organ music, don't miss this--and don't be afraid to turn it up!
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Mass for Organ no 1 "à l'usage ordinaire des paroisses" by François Couperin
Performer:  Jean-Baptiste Robin (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1690; France 
Venue:  St Pierre Cathedral, Poitiers, France 
Length: 52 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Mass for Organ no 2 "propre pour les convents de religieux et religieuse" by François Couperin
Performer:  Jean-Baptiste Robin (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1690; France 
Venue:  St Pierre Cathedral, Poitiers, France 
Length: 41 Minutes 58 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

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 No Need for a High-Priced CD -- It's ALL HERE! March 9, 2013 By L. Wilborn (Richwood, TX) See All My Reviews "Great sound, excellent organ selection, great organist. This presentation is all organ without the accompanying plainchant, just vibrant organ which is full of colorful sound. Great bargain priced 2-CD set with excellent booklet notes. Recommended with no reservations." Report Abuse
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