François Couperin & Jean-Henri d'Anglebert
A 2 CD volume set of Organ music presenting the complete organ works of François Couperin and his contemporary Jean-Henri d'Anglebert on the Julien Tribuot organ at the Eglise Saint-Martin, Seurre.
James Johnstone continues his series of recordings on the great baroque organs of Europe on the 1699 organ by Julien Tribuot, Louis XIV’s organ builder, now in the Eglise St Martin in Seurre, Burgundy. This last surviving instrument by a revered builder is close to its original condition. A leading baroque organist, James Johnstone recorded these works as part of the 350th anniversary celebrations of Couperin's birth in 2018, and this completes Metronome’s survey of Couperin’s keyboard works (see also METCD 1100 - teh complete harpsichord works performed by Carole Cerasi).
The sound of one of the great surviving baroque organs of Europe (a full illustrated history of the instrument along with the registration summary appears in the booklet) is the centrepiece of this recording. Escaping damage from revolutionary Paris by its removal to a monastery in rural France, the organ also thereby avoided ‘modernisation’, and its distinctive timbre is a glimpse into the sound world of organs with which Couperin would have been familiar during the reign of Louis XIV, his patron.