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This is the first complete recording of Titelouze’s two famous publications of 1623 and 1626, played on an organ originally from 1630, but restored to its 1792 condition by Boisseau in 1997. The French baroque specification is imaginatively used for this late-renaissance music, and no other extant French organ now could be better suited. Bates plays with vigour and direction – no inégalité, and not much of the added ornamentation that Titelouze suggests in his preface, but performance practice in Titelouze is problematic concerning both issues. French organ music from the early 17th century is extremely rare, and this is a welcome offering.

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