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The music of Jacques Boyvin (c.1649-1706) has attracted much less attention in England than that of the Couperins. Here, then, is a recording to redress the balance. CD1 contains Suites 1, 2, 5, 6, and 7 in their respective tones from the Premier livre d’orgue. CD 2 contains Suite 8, and, from the Second livre d’orgue, Suites 1, 3, 4, and 5. This is a treasure trove of music, performed on an instrument which Boyvin must have played. A four-manual organ is indeed required for his music, as the composer asked for a Grand plein jeu à 3 chœurs and rare Echo plein jeu. Boyvin’s music represents a transformation from the older polyphonic style to the newer ‘harmonic’ idiom: his duos hardly qualify for the term ‘contrapuntal’. David Ponsford elegantly dances his way through minuet and bourrée, and the crystal-clear sound of the organ, with its flat pitch and Sauveur temperament, makes for a hugely enjoyable addition to the series.

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