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French Organ Music, Vol. 4 - works by Guillaume-Gabriel Nivers (c.1632-1714); Nicolas-Antoine Lebegue (c.1631-1702) / David Ponsford, organ

Notes & Reviews:

French organ music from the period of Louis XIV to the Revolution has always held fascination for performers and listeners alike. The kaleidoscope of colors, the rich and varied styles, and the sheer exuberance of the music never fail to captivate. Yet, performance practice of this music has never been fully understood. David Ponsford has spent much of his career studying this repertoire, resulting in his book French Organ Music in the Reign of Louis XIV (Cambridge University Press, 2011). This series of recordings, on the most important historical organs in France, is therefore the fruit of many years of research by a seasoned performer whose aim is to combine technical brilliance with intellectual understanding, to bring the music alive with authority and meaning.

Choir & Organ
Lots to savour, including occasional nightingales and mighty ravalements. Who says the Brits can't stump up brilliant performers of this repertoire?


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