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Livre d'orgue; Chants du Salut
Jean Boyer (organ) with Les Demoiselles de Saint-Cyr/Emmanuel Mandrin
Virgin Veritas VC5 61777 2 [65.47]

The present Music at Versailles series is devoted to discovering or rediscovering little known gems from France's musical heritage. These are liturgical presentations of several motets and two organ suites by Nicolas Clerambault (1676-1749), recorded in 1994 on the historic organ of St Michel Abbey, Thierarche. They explore the various solo stops of an attractive instrument, built around 1710, the same time that the organ pieces were published. (Some listeners may prefer to programme the organ pieces of the Suites for uninterrupted listening; this is easily done on a CD player.)

The women's choir, with attractive, true-toned but pleasingly fresh and unsophisticated soloists, comes into its own in the motets and gives great pleasure. The acoustic is ideal for this music and the whole is inspiring and memorable. It is well documented, but without organ specification and the texts are given in Latin only.

Peter Grahame Woolf


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