The Golden Age of French Organ Music
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Label: La Dolce Volta
Cat No: LDV1472
Number of Discs: 6
Release Date: 9th December 2013
ArtistsAndre Isoir (organ)
ArtistsAndre Isoir (organ)
Recorded between 1972 and 1976 and winner of the most prestigious awards, 'Le Livre d'or de l'orgue français' (Golden Age of French Organ Music) is one of the most comprehensive anthologies ever dedicated to this instrument.
Leaving aside the six Messiaen albums entrusted to Louis Thiry, André Isoir recorded the remaining twenty-four LPs in a trajectory leading from the Renaissance to the twentieth century. Nearly twenty of these titles survey the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and it is these that are now reissued here.
André Isoir evokes here his memories of this extraordinary undertaking: While a certain universality guided the language of organ music in Europe until the late sixteenth century, nurtured on polyphony and transcriptions of vocal repertory, on free preludes or fantasias, the French school began to go its own way in the course of the following decades. It developed in the service of the Roman Catholic Church, in a context where plainchant retained great resonance, while the dominance of colour and a kind of intoxication with timbre resulted from techniques of instrument building that anticipated the tendencies of the repertory itself. From Titelouze to Dandrieu, the programmes presented here bear witness to the constancy of these factors throughout one of the most prosperous periods for French organ music, which coincides almost exactly with the reigns of Louis XIII and Louis XIV.
- Orgue Jean-Georges-Koenig, Saint-Georges de Bouquenom à Sarre-Union (1717-1967)
- Orgue Jean-Esprit-Isnard, Basilique de Saint-Maximin la Sainte-Beaume (1722)
- Orgue Louis-Alexandre-Cliquot, Saint-Jacques & Saint-Christophe à Houdan (1739-1972)
- Orgue Alfred-Kern, Saint-Séverin à Paris (1745-1963)
- Orgue François-Henri Clicquot, Chapelle de la Trinité du château de Fontainebleau (1774-1968)
- Orgue François-Henri-Clicquot, Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Poitiers (1791-1994)
- Orgue Jean-Georges-Koenig du Bon Pasteur à Angers (1972)
- Orgue Haerpfer-Erman, Saint-Germain des Près à (1973)
CD 1 - COUPERIN / Messe des Paroisses
CD 2 - COUPERIN / Messe pour les Convents
CD 3 - GRIGNY / La Messe
CD 4 - GRIGNY / Les 5 Hymnes
CD 5 - GUILAIN / 4 SUITES
CD 6 - CLÉRAMBAULT // LES 2 SUITES
Includes a 100-page booklet
Total time: 7 h 11'
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