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French Organ Music Volume 4 - Guillaume-Gabriel Nivers & Nicolas-Antoine Lebègue



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.

French Organ Music Volume 4 - Guillaume-Gabriel Nivers & Nicolas-Antoine Lebègue


"David Ponsford is an expert in French organ music; in 2011 Cambridge University Press published his book French Organ Music in the Reign of Louis XIV. Here he delivers fine illustrations of what is characteristic of this repertoire which is so different from everything composed elsewhere in Europe. One may assume he has extensively studied the instructions a composer like Nivers included in his organ books. We get here a thoroughly convincing interpretation of these works by Nivers and Lebègue. This is a worthy sequel to the previous discs, and one may hope that more discs will follow." Johan van Veen,

'I love the tempi of the music in the giant acoustics and especially the pacing of the ornamentation, which matches the mood of the pieces - often fluttering manically in the hands of others, here it creates elegance. There's lots to savour, including the occasional nightingales and mighty ravalements. Who says the Brits can't stump up brilliant performers of this repertoire?' Choir and Organ, Jan - Feb 2015