French Organ Music from the Golden Age Vol.4 | Nimbus - Alliance NI6292

French Organ Music from the Golden Age Vol.4


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Label: Nimbus - Alliance

Cat No: NI6292

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 6th October 2014



David Ponsford (organ)


Lebegue, Nicolas

Troisieme Livre d'orgue
» Elevations (2)
» Les cloches
» Noels (3)
» Offertoire sur le Chant d'O filii et filae

Nivers, Guillaume Gabriel

Offertoir en fugue et dialogue
Suite du premier ton (Livre d'orgue, 1665)
Suite du premier ton (Livre d'orgue, 1675)


David Ponsford (organ)


French organ music from the period of Louis XIV to the Revolution has always held fascination for performers and listeners alike. The kaleidoscope of colours, 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).

The present series of recordings on the most important historical organs in France, including the music of Guillaume-Gabriel Nivers, Louis Couperin, Nicolas-Antoine Lebègue, André Raison, Jacques Boyvin, François Couperin, Nicolas de Grigny, Louis Marchand, Louis-Nicolas Clérambault, up to composers of the Revolution such as Balbastre, Beauvarlet Charpentier and Lasceux, 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.

Dr David Ponsford is an organist, harpsichordist, musicologist and conductor, and an authority on keyboard music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. His series of recordings for Nimbus of the essential repertoire of French Baroque organ music on historic French organs began in 2012.

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