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Jean-Baptiste Robin: Cercles Reflechissants; Regard

Album Summary

>Robin, Jean-Baptiste : Regard vers l'Aïr
>Robin, Jean-Baptiste : Cercles Reflechissants
>Robin, Jean-Baptiste : Trois Elements d'un Songe
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Notes & Reviews:

As one might guess from their descriptive titles, Jean-Baptiste Robin's works are evocative, poetic and colourful, abounding in strength, energy and passion. When you listen to them, the days of contemporary music devoid of expression and obsessed with structure seem long past. This is highly expressive music with something to say, full of ideas to fire our imagination. Robin, who here performs on the organs in the churches of Saint-Louis-en-l'Ile and Saint-Etienne-du-Mont in Paris, creates a world in flux, whose moving pictures and living images flow through a new fabric of sound.

The Journal of the Association of Anglican Associations
This disc will amaze you! These are original compositions, played by the composer, on two marvelous Paris instruments: the new Aubertin at St Louis-en-+le and the organ at +glise St-+t8enne-du-Mont (which has had numerous builders' hands, including Clicquot, CavaillT-Coll, and Beuchet-Debierre). The first thing amazing about this music is its extreme technical difficulty. I had assumed it was improvised until I read the liner notes. The second amazing things is the harmonic language which M Robin uses. It is his own original language, calling to mind the remarkable genius of Olivier Messiaen - a language which Robin calls "rTflTchissants" [reflecting]. Even his titles are evocative and creative: Regard vers l'Air (2001), Cercles RTflTchissants (2007 - 08), and Trois +lTments d'un Songe (2004). He finds unique colors in his writing that seems immediately expansive, cosmic, energetic, passionate, and poetic. But this music is not pure technique and interesting harmonies. Robin also finds equally personal melodies, from contemplative to violent.

What is even more amazing is the age of the composer/performer. Born in 1976, Robin was named Titulaire on one of the great historical instruments in all of France, Poitiers Cathedral's Clicquot organ, at the age of twenty-three. Currently he is professor of organ and composition at Versailles Conservatoire, and Organist at Versailles Chapel. Robin's technique is flawless and spell-binding. His unique language needs to be heard by all of us. He has much to say and a very refreshing way of saying it. Recorded beautifully,you will have never heard anything like this before. I highly recommend this disc and hope you will treat yourself to an hour of rapture. You won't forget it.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Paris, France.



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Works Details

>Robin, Jean-Baptiste : Regard vers l'Aïr
  • Performer: Jean-Baptiste Robin (Organ)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Robin, Jean-Baptiste : Cercles Réfléchissants
  • Performer: Jean-Baptiste Robin (Organ)
  • Notes: L'Église Saint-Étienne-du-Mont, Paris, France (10/27/2008-10/28/2008)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007-2008

>Robin, Jean-Baptiste : Trois Éléments d'un Songe
  • Performer: Jean-Baptiste Robin (Organ)
  • Notes: L'Église Saint-Étienne-du-Mont, Paris, France (10/27/2008-10/28/2008)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>Robin, Jean-Baptiste : Regard vers l'Aïr
  • Performer: Jean-Baptiste Robin (Organ)
  • Notes: L'Église Saint-Étienne-du-Mont, Paris, France (10/27/2008-10/28/2008)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary