French Sweets

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Groups of brief, characterful movements proved a good recipe for organ composers in France, and they stuck with it through centuries.

Program details:

GILLES JULLIEN: Suite on the 2nd Tone (Prélude; Duo; Récit de Voix humaine; Basse de Trompette; Fugue renversée; Prélude II; Dialogue) –Serge Schoonbroodt (1687 Haon/Cathedral Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption, Montauban) Aeolus 10481.

JEAN TITELOUZE: Ave Maris Stella (4 versets) –Dominicaines de Saint-Maximin/Jean-ChristopheClair, director; Pierre Bardon (1774 Isnard/Basilica of St. Mary Magdalene, Saint Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume) Syrius 141388.

JEAN-NICOLAS GEOFFROY: Psalm 131 –Le Concert Spirituel/Hervé Niquet, director and organ (1699 Tribout/Eglise St. Martin, Seurre) Naxos 8.553637.

MARCEL DUPRÉ: Suite, Op. 39 (Allegro agitato; Cantabile; Scherzando; Final) –Robert Delcamp (1962 Aeolian-Skinner/St. Philip Cathedral, Atlanta, GA) Naxos 8.554209.