French Organ Music Volume 2 - François Couperin and Marc-Antoione Charpentier

The organ of La Flèche offers the organist the rare experience of being able to perform the French repertoire of the ‘Grand Siècle’ on a beautiful musical instrument situated in an architectural surrounding perfectly suited to it.
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"The combination of instrument and the artist quicken high expectations. David Ponsford, much-respected expert on early keyboard music, has just published a definitive study on French baroque organ music, and brings to the repertoire a winning combination of flair and rigour. The instrument is well chosen: its sonorities are well moderated and authoritative, and Ponsford coaxes persuasive and unforced readings from it. Phrasing and ornamentation are supple, and he gives the music ample space to breathe without slackening a rhythmic spring." International Record Review

"These two volumes from Nimbus Alliance, NI 6213 and NI 6225 belong very much together, and with excellent recordings and performances I can’t recommend them too highly. The historic organ sound is perhaps an acquired taste if you are used to the more woolly and generous tones of later instruments, but if you really like your Couperin then you know in your heart of hearts that this is where his music really belongs. Once you’ve heard these I suspect you will soon be hooked, and after that there’s no turning back." Dominy Clements,

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