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On the basis of two impressive livres d’orgue (1690 and 1700), Jacques Boyvin, one-time organist of Rouen Cathedral, was one of the important organist-composers of the French baroque, and Kola Owolabi is quite right to lament the lack of attention to his music. Although Boyvin exploited the new four-manual Robert Clicquot organ (1689) in Rouen, Owolabi makes a convincing case on the three-manual Silbermann organ in Ebersmunster, although its date and ‘slightly unequal temperament’ leads to a more refined sound. The playing is careful, and some inappropriate inégalité results in some pedantic tempi. Récits are sensitive, but there is scope for more rhetorical virtuosity in the Grand dialogues.

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