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Daquin was the master of the noël genre, allegedly dazzling audiences in Paris with his virtuosic improvisations while not giving way to the frivolity of some of his younger colleagues. There is indeed a regal dignity to Vincent Boucher’s new recording, while also beautifully capturing all the rustic charm of these romanticised peasant dances. The 1960 Beckerath organ proves to be an ideal interpreter. All the colourful registrations (and echo effects) called for are captured with limpid clarity against the acoustic backdrop of this vast basilica. Boucher’s playing is beguiling and entertaining – a welcome recording.

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