La seule réalité se situe dans le domaine de la Foi. C’est par la rencontre avec un Autre que nous pouvons le comprendre. Mais il faut passer par la mort et la Résurrection, ce qui suppose le saut hors du temps. Assez étrangement, la musique peut nous y préparer, comme image, comme reflet, comme symbole. En effet, la musique est un perpétuel dialogue entre l’espace et le temps, entre le son et la couleur, dialogue qui aboutit à une unification. Le musicien qui pense, voit, entend, parle au moyen de ces notions fondamentales, peut, dans une certaine mesure, s’approcher de l’Au-delà.
Ton Koopman, great Dutch organist and harpsichordist sublimating the baroque scene for five decades, here delivers us an overview of the Great Organ (Robert Cliquot/ Julien Tribuot, 1710) of the Royal Chapel of Versailles, inaugurating our collection "L'Вge d'Or de l'Orgue Franзais" (the Golden Age of French Organ). An anthology of the possibilities of this purely "French style" instrument, here are the two great Suites of Clйrambaut, published the same year as the inauguration of the instrument, majestic pieces of Louis and Franзois Couperin, masters of colors, of Daquin's Christmas Music full of sap, and even a Bach Choral! A Master Organist makes a resounding tribute to the symbolic instrument wanted for his Chapel by Louis XIV.
Two centuries of organ music at the Chapelle Royale, Versailles . . . The recently restored organ of the chapel bears witness to the glorious past of this historic site and the magnificence of the royal liturgy. This project, entrusted to the four resident organists of the instrument, presents a rich panorama of the composers who had the privilege of entering the Versailles organ loft, from the Couperin dynasty to Balbastre. It forms part of a new series produced by Alpha with the Château de Versailles, which will present the fruits of the latest research into the organ repertory in a sumptuous edition.
On this disc, René Saorgin plays historic French organs at the Collégiale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption in Tende and Chambéry Cathedral. Discover the delightful Noëls of Balbastre and a whole collection of pastoral pieces for organ not to mention a recording of the Carillon du Château des Ducs de Savoie in Chambéry. This splendid treasury of Noëls, or Carols, includes works by renowned 18th-century French organ composers Louis-Claude Daquin and Claude-Bénigne Balbastre as well as works by J.S. Bach and Domenico Zipoli.
In selecting the program for his first solo recording, Jean-Willy Kunz was naturally drawn to music by composers from his native France including Jehan Alain, Charles-Marie Widor, Marcel Dupré, and Louis Vierne, while a work by Québécois Maxime Goulet provides a contemporary flavor. These are paired with the great Toccata and Fugue in D minor by J. S. Bach.
It is in his organ music that Olivier Messiaen most perfectly expresses the originality and power of his temperament. The instrument was for a long time the privileged vehicle of spiritual meditation for Messiaen, who used it to explore all the possibilities of his instrumental language and succeeded in renewing his musical aesthetic without ever renouncing tradition.
An extraordinary enterprise … As an experience of the sounds and styles of French organ culture this boxed set, it seems to me, is indispensable … the body of music is mostly, here, not created but simply made alive by the apt choice of instruments … it is a resource to which to return with delight.
The Masters of the French Organ - from Louis XIII to the Monarchy of July: from Jehan Titelouze to Alexandre-Pierre-François Boëly, from the early seventeenth century to the end of royalty in 1848, an anthology of the French organ in box 8cds, elaborated from the records of the Temperaments collection.