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This is the first CD in L’âge d’or de l’orgue Française, consisting of the two Clérambault suites, three Daquin Noëls, selected pieces by Louis Couperin, François Couperin’s Elévation (Messe pour les Couvents) and J.S. Bach’s Ich ruf zu dir. The organ, by Robert Clicquot and Julien Tribuot, has had a chequered history, but is now reconstructed by Jean-Loup Boisseau and Bertrand Cattiaux. The sound of the organ in these acoustics is wonderful, but the Clérambault is eccentric, with (according to my original edition) some questionable registrations and ornaments, occasional wrong notes, and ‘loose’ inégalité that seems counter-intuitive. Hardly authoritative, but nevertheless imaginative.

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