Tuesday, November 7, 2017

L'Orgue Classique Français 1650-1800. 150 ans de musique du Grand Siècle à la Révolution Française.CD 9 & 10. First listen.

New acquisition.
Date of purchase: 2016.
First listen: 6-11-2017.
Label: Ligia.
CD 9 & 10 from 10.
Recording dates: ?
Venues: See below.
Sound engineer: Eric Baratin.
Remastering: Eric Baratin. (2015)
Total time: 72:10 & 75:50.

Composers & Works on CD 9: 

Michel Corrette:
From: 6 concerti a sei stromenti, organo obbligati, tre violini, flauto, alto viola e violoncello-1756, No. 3-6, opus 26.
avec le Lachrimæ Consort all'inglese-Philippe Foulon, Viole d'Orphée et direction.
Offertoire <L'Éclatante> Troisième Livre des pièces d'orgue 1756.
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Louis Claude Daquin.
Onzième Noël en récit en taille sur la tierce du Positif avec la Pédale de Flûte, et en duo 1757.
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Jean Philippe Rameau.
Les Boréades 1763, ( extraits trancrits par Thilo Muster-1763.)
Live recording, de l'abbatiale Sainte Croix de Bordeaux on 29 April 2004.
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Composers and works on CD 10: 

Claude Bénigne Balbastre:
Ariette et Pastorale, Légèrement sans vitesse, ( Manucrit de Versailles) 1770.
Marche des Marseillois et l'Air ça-ira-1792.
Canonnade, (Livre d'orgue de Pontoise 1777.
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Michel Corrette:
Les Pantins, Modérément (Les Amusements du Parnasse, Livre 7) 1771.
Pièces pour l'orgue dans un genre nouveau. A 'l'usage des dames religieuses et à ceux qui touchent l'orgue. (extrait 1787. Suite No. 3.
Messe pour le temps de Noël-1788.  
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Josse-François Joseph Benaut,
Messe en ut majeur 1775.


Instruments:
Jean André Silbermann (1750)  de l'Église Saint Maurice de Soultz, France.
Yves Fossaert de la Ferté sous Jouarre. No date.
François Henri Clicquot (1782-1783, de l'Église prieurale Saint Pierre et Paul de Souvigny.
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Performed by:
Olivier Vernet.
Le Lachrimæ Consort all'inglese-Philippe Foulon, Viole d'Orphée et direction.
Anne Magouët, soprano. (Messe pour le temps de Noël, Michel Corrette.)
Guillemette Laurens, Mezzo.  (Messe pour le temps de Noël, Michel Corrette.)

The last two discs are primarily filled with works of great quality with a few exceptions due to my own personal preferences. First things first. The organs sound fantastic, Vernet is as good as always, and the music, if not always on a high artistic level at least is acceptable.
Disc 9 holds the rest of the opus 26 concerti, which I find moderately amusing but not really interesting, apart from the last one, No. 6. It has more contrasting colours and interesting dynamics, and the use of the stops is a bit more creative as the rest. Made me sit up again.
Disc 10 is not entirely up to scratch in my view. Especially Michel Corrette's Messe pour le temps de Noël.  The engineer is partly responsible for this, but also the artistic choice of Vernet and the soloists. Now I am not a great fan of both soprano and mezzo, which does not help either, but it would have been acceptable if Vernet would have decided to play a bit less loud as he does, and so forcing the soloists in singing louder as to making themselves heard. So its the instruments against the singers. No harmony but an ordinary shout out, and an added hollow reverb around the voices, which makes the result rather ugly.
The rest of the disc is superb.




On my listening menu today (24-4-2018)

J.S. Bach. Complete organ works Olivier Vernet. CD 6. Erkki Melartin. Orchestral Works. Peteris Vasks Orchestral Works ...