Duration : 50'37 & 54'31
Original recording : DSD (Direct Stream Digital)
Booklet : 24 color pages - French, English, Latin
Release date : November 02 2009
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Messes d'orgue des 3° et 8° tons (1688)
Jean-Patrice BROSSE, orgue
Ensemble VOX CANTORIS
André Raison was one of the greatest organists of the reign of the Sun King. These two masses are a remarkable testament to the sumptuousness of a new art. Alternated with the plainchant, they combine the austere splendour of Gallic-Roman rite, the infinite colours of the organ, and the richness of the baroque rethoric.
This double CD consists of two of Andre RAISON's most beautiful masses reconstituted in their exact liturgical context, alternating with baroque plain song. The Vox Cantoris ensemble, a specialist of ancient liturgical repertoires, sings in alternation with the organ played by Jean-Patrice Brosse.
Such a reconstitution, which might seem classical today has never been recorded before, as far as André Raison is concerned, as are the two masses in “3e et 8e tons”. The plain chant masses admirably composed by Henry du Mont and Paul d’Amance, were chosen because they alternate perfectly with Raison’s organ work.
Considered equal to François Couperin, who is better known today, André Raison’s extremely fine writing is of the best baroque organ style, and is characterized by rich and sparkling colours. The organs of Cintegabelle and La Flèche, which existed at the time of Raison, were chosen as the most apt to restitute the complete variety of stops and tones required for this music.
The final result is striking, not only the contrast between the agility of the instrumentation and the depth of the human voice, but also the dialogue which is almost palpable between the two, and the disturbing impression of having been introduced into a sumptuous ceremony of the Ancien Régime.
« On est fasciné par la sonorité du groupe. Une leçon d'éloquence ! », Xavier Bisaro, Diapason, Mars 2010