Jean Baptiste Robin - Fantaisie mecanique: Music with Organ | Brilliant Classics 95479

Jean Baptiste Robin - Fantaisie mecanique: Music with Organ

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Label: Brilliant Classics

Cat No: 95479

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 24th March 2017

Contents

Artists

Jean-Baptiste Robin (organ)
Francois Chaplin (piano)
Romain Leleu (trumpet)
Philippe Cuper (clarinet)
Frederic Champion (organ)
Orchestre Regional de Normandie

Conductor

Jean Deroyer

Works

Robin, Jean-Baptiste

Chant de l'Ame for clarinet and organ
Etoile interieure for piano and organ
Fantaisie mecanique for organ, timpanio and strings
Recits heroiques for trumpet and organ
Regard vers Agartha for organ 4 hands
Solos (3) for organ
Versets (5) sur le Veni Creator for organ

Artists

Jean-Baptiste Robin (organ)
Francois Chaplin (piano)
Romain Leleu (trumpet)
Philippe Cuper (clarinet)
Frederic Champion (organ)
Orchestre Regional de Normandie

Conductor

Jean Deroyer

About

Jean-Baptiste Robin (b.1976) has made two previous recordings for Brilliant Classics: the complete organ works of his fellow-countryman Jehan Alain (BC94233) and an imaginative recreation of ‘The American Symphonic Organ’ (BC94726) which includes Jean-Baptiste’s own, well-upholstered transcriptions of music by Bizet, Debussy, Mahler, Rachmaninov and others.

Now he presents his own compositions: the Fantaisie mécanique for organ, timpani and strings which gives the album its title; Etoile intérieure (Inner Star) for piano and organ, Récits Héroïques (Heroic Tales) for trumpet and organ, Three Solos and Cinq Versets sur le Veni Creator for solo organ, Chant de l’Âme (Song of the Soul) for clarinet and organ and Regard vers Agartha for four-hands organ.

In Robin’s music, ostinatos and circular melodies reminiscent of the ticking and turning hands of the dial of a clock, knock against the warmth of a tempestuous, floating melody. The mediator which manages to reconcile and eventually unite both forces, is a machine, moved by a particularly intricate and complex mechanism, which yet carries the imprint of an unconventional and pliable musicality, capable of moving the senses: the ‘machine organ’. These circular melodies can often be traced from one work to another, linking them in a renaissance of Lisztian thematic transformation.

The composer explains his own preoccupations this way: ‘With the juxtaposition of two opposing states, a space between the two emerges, which interests me, like the suspended hiatus which exists between a powerful accent and the resonant web of pianissimo which follows in its wake.’ Thus Robin writes his organ music with the full scale of the instrument and its architectural context in mind; for this recording he plays the Stahlhuth / Jann organ of Saint-Martin’s church at Dudelange, Grand-Duché de Luxembourg.

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