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Louis-Claude Daquin (1694-1772): Livre de Noels / Vincent Boucher, organ; L'Oratoire Stint-Joseph du Mont Royal

Album Summary

>Daquin, Louis-Claude : Nouveau Livre des Noëls pour l'orgue et le clavecin, for keyboard & various instruments
Performer Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Canadian organist Vincent Boucher returns with the Livre de Noëls, a collection of carols for organ by French composer Louis-Claude Daquin on the Beckerath organ at St. Joseph’s Oratory in Montréal. In the 17th century, and even more so in the 18th, organ variations on well-known noëls (Christmas carols) were much appreciated in France. Today, it is hard for us to realize how popular Louis- Claude Daquin (1694-1772) was, however he was lionized by noble and bourgeois Paris during his lifetime. Between September 2011 and June 2012, Juget-Sinclair organ builders of Montreal disassembled, cleaned and restored every component of the 1960 Beckerath organ in the basilica. The integrity of the instrument’s sound was scrupulously preserved. This mechanical-action instrument is composed of 5811 pipes, forming 78 stops organized into six divisions: the Positive, the Great, the Bombard, the Swell, the Echo and the Pedal. The console has five keyboards and a pedalboard corresponding to the six divisions of the organ.

American Record Guide, November/December 2015

American Record Guide, November/December 2015
The gorgeous sound of this organ, built by the Bekerath firm in 1960, and restored on 2012 by the firm Jurget Sinclair, is worth the price of this recording. This is not music of great profundity, but makes up for it in charm and grace. With such a large instrument available for "small" repertoire, Boucher simply uses all the registrational colors possible. The reverberation time in the Oratory of St Joseph seems to be about ten seconds, enhancing the quality of the organ. The performance is exemplary.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: L'Oratoire Saint-Joseph, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (07/2014).


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>Daquin, Louis-Claude : Nouveau Livre des Noëls pour l'orgue et le clavecin, for keyboard & various instruments
  • Performer: Vincent Boucher (Organ)
  • Ensemble: L'Oratoire Saint-Joseph du Mont Royal
  • Running Time: 67 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1757