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Although no organ specification is given, this sounds to be a good equal-tempered organ at modern pitch, but hardly the most authentic for this repertoire of noëls by Daquin, Boëly, Gervais- François Couperin, Séjan, Lasceux and Beauvarlet-Charpentier. The music is interesting and deserves to be played and heard, and although the performances here are careful and accurate, some pieces such as Daquin’s Noël sur les flûtes sound rather too slow and repetitive. Unlike instruments from the 17th century, large French organs from the late 18th century survive (e.g. Souvigny and Poitiers), and these instruments are capable of giving this music much more character.

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