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Jacques Boyvin: Four Suites from the Second Livre d'Orgue
Kola Owolabi, Organist
1732 Andreas Silbermann organ, Ebersmunster - [OAR-997]
$15.98

Kola Owolabi, Organist
1732 Andreas Silbermann Organ, Saint-Maurice Abbey Church, Ebersmunster

Jacques Boyvin (ca. 1653-1706): Suites on the First, Third, Fifth, and Eight tones

Suite du premier ton (D Minor)
Prelude grave
Prelude a deux choeurs
Duo
Fugue grave
Recit tendre
Grand Dialogue

Suite du troisième ton (A minor)

Prelude
Fugue
Dessus de cornet separé ou de petite tierce
Basse de cromhorne
Concert de flûtes ou fond d'Orgue
Grand Dialogue a 4 Choeurs

Suite du cinquième ton (C Major)
Prelude
Duo
Fugue
Quatuor
Basse de Cromhorne
Recit
Tierce en taille
Grand Dialogue a quatre Choeurs

Suite du huitième ton (G Major)
Prelude
Trio a deux dessus
Basse de trompette ou de cromhorne avec le cornet separé ou dialogue de trompette
Fugue
Recit grave
Dialogue en Fugue sans tremblant

Kola Owolabi, associate professor of organ at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, plays these quintessential French baroque pieces by Jacques Boyvin (ca. 1653-1706) on the beautiful organ built in 1732 by Andreas Silbermann (1678-1734) for the Abbey church in Ebersmunster, France. The organ incorporates stops and sounds expected by composers of organ music in France during the 17th and 18th centuries, and thus specified in the music by Boyvin. Andreas, working in Alsace with strong French and German influences, also included certain Germanic capabilities in the organ at Ebersmunster, as well. Andreas Silbermann was the elder brother of Gottfried Silbermann (1683-1753) who became the famous organbuilder known personally to J. S. Bach. Gottfried learned organbuilding from his older brother in Alsace.

In searching for the organ on which he would record these 26 works by Boyvin (the works set in suites of six to eight pieces each), Owolabi writes, ". . . my choice of [this] organ might be surprising to some, due to its Alsatian characteristics that show both French and German influence. However, the sound of this instrument has an expressive beauty that really charmed me."

The CD booklet includes an essay on choosing the organ for the recording, other organs auditioned, and also an extensive essay on Boyvin and the registrations the composer directs for these pieces. Registrations used in the recording are also included, as is a brief history of the organ by Marc Baumann, titulaire of the church, the organ stoplist, and photographs. 

Jacques Boyvin: Four Suites from the Second Livre d\'Orgue<BR>Kola Owolabi, Organist<BR>1732 Andreas Silbermann organ, Ebersmunster
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