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Baroque Organ Music From France - Couperin, Balbastre, Marchand, Etc / Bleicher


Release Date: 03/11/2008 
Label:  Arte Nova   Catalog #: 868950   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Michel CorretteClaude-Béninge BalbastreLouis MarchandFrançois Couperin,   ... 
Performer:  Stefan Johannes Bleicher
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

French Baroque organ music isn’t altogether a world apart, despite its conventions and the terminology which describes them, for you can hear how close JS Bach came to it in Nicolas de Grigny’s Pange lingua on track 5 of this disc. Unfortunately, it’s hard to recreate the right sounds on most British organs, and this recording was made on the larger of two instruments completed in 1766 by Karl Joseph Riepp in Ottobeuren Abbey. It’s a ravishing thing – just hear the full chorus of principal stops at the start of Marchand’s Suite on track 7, and the gentle, slightly husky eight-foot sound in the fifth movement. What hits you first, if you listen through the whole disc, are the strong reeds and cornet stops in François Couperin’s Read more Offertoire, with stately and lively sections alternating. With its piquant dissonances and melancholy, the tendency of the bass to fall in some passages, Couperin bears out the cliché that there is no beauty without pain. In the variations on carol tunes by Michel Corrette, you hear the acoustic of the Abbey much more, because the registration, though colourfully varied, is lighter. Balbastre’s dance pieces are the latest items and take us into a less specialised, though also a less interesting world.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Adrian Jack, BBC Music Magazine Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Bon Joseph écoute moy by Michel Corrette
Performer:  Stefan Johannes Bleicher (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
2.
Joseph est bien marié by Michel Corrette
Performer:  Stefan Johannes Bleicher (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
3.
MEDLEY: Air for Organ/Gavotte for Organ/Trio for Organ by Claude-Béninge Balbastre
Performer:  Stefan Johannes Bleicher (Organ)
Length: 8 Minutes 47 Secs. 
4.
Suite de premier ton by Louis Marchand
Performer:  Stefan Johannes Bleicher (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 18 Minutes 26 Secs. 
5.
Mass for Organ no 2 "propre pour les convents": Offertoire sur les grands jeux by François Couperin
Performer:  Stefan Johannes Bleicher (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1690 
Length: 9 Minutes 37 Secs. 
6.
Nouveau livre de noëls: Vous qui désirez sans fin by Michel Corrette
Performer:  Stefan Johannes Bleicher (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1753; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
7.
Premier livre d'orgue: Pange lingua en taille á 4 by Nicholas de Grigny
Performer:  Stefan Johannes Bleicher (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1691; France 
Length: 12 Minutes 16 Secs. 

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