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French Organ Music Volume 6 - Jacques Boyvin



It is hoped that this selection of suites from Boyvin’s two important livres d’orgue will go some way to redressing the lack of awareness of the quality of Boyvin’s music. It is certainly different from the livres d’orgue of André Raison, François Couperin and Nicolas de Grigny, and it is wonderfully lively and attractive music, especially when heard on this historic organ.

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 6 - Jacques Boyvin


Nimbus Alliance has already released the sixth volume of the "French Organ Music from the Golden Age" collection. An extensive collection recorded by David Ponsford in different French historical organs. The recording was made at the organ of the church of Saint-Michel de Bolbec that was built in 1630-1631 by the Scottish luther William Lesseler. Like most organs, this one also needed a restoration. In 1840, the instrument was restored by the house Daublaine and Callinet under the direction of Felix Danjou. In 1997, a restoration was required by Jean-Loup Boisseau and Bertrand Cattiaux. It goes without saying that it is tuned to 400Hz with an uneven temperament. We can say that this organ is a historical monument, a unique instrument of excellent sound quality. The French composer Jacques Boyvin (1649-1706), despite being still quite unknown, according to various sources, reveals that his music was known in the circle of J.S. Bach, and most likely by Bach himself. Boyvin, who was appointed organist at the cathedral of Rouen in July 1674, is a good composer of organ music, moreover, David Ponsford believes that he was, moreover, a great improviser. Their compositions demand demands that few organs can offer; Boyvin's instructions on the records fit perfectly to the Bolbec organ. Listening to the suites of the Premier et Second organ books, the listener can make a clear idea of ​​how bold the Parisian composer was. His innovative melodies with tonal modulations that escaped the academic tradition, helped create music for a very innovative organ. They are works that bring a lot of musical themes used to structure the sequences with a well-managed counterpoint. David Ponsford, organist, harpsichordist, musicologist and orchestra conductor, is an authority in keyboard music from the 17th and 18th centuries. The English organist offers us a concert full of suggestions that contain an immediate beauty. Núria Serra, (Internet Translation)