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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Czerny: Music for Horn & Fortepiano / Clark, Govier
Czerny: Works for Violin & Piano
French Organ Music from the Golden Age, Vol. 1 - Francois Couperin; Pierre Du Mage / David Ponsford, organ
French Organ Music from the Golden Age, Vol. 2 - music of Couperin & Charpentier / David Ponsford: organ
Andre Raison, Louis-Nicolas Clerambault: French Organ Music from the Golden Age, Vol. 3
Andrea Gabrieli (1532-1585): Masses & Motets / I Cantori di San Marco; Gemmani
Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 5 / Stuttgart PO; Feltz
Carl Czerny (1791-1857): String Quartets / Sheridan Ensemble