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Classical - To be released November 15, 2019 | Château de Versailles Spectacles

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Chamber Music - Released August 23, 2019 | Alpha

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On the sleeve, musicians are waiting patiently for a metro train at the imaginary Opus 1 station. This is how the ensemble Le Consort, led by young harpsichordist Justin Taylor, frame their first recording, which is made up of  Sonatas in trio opus 1 by Jean-François Dandrieu, a French composer known for his organ music.Born in Paris in 1682, Dandrieu, like Justin Taylor, came from Angers, where his whole family lived. A child prodigy, he would perform before the Princess Palatine at the age of 5, and later he would dedicate to her this imposing collection. He then took holy orders and became the titular organist of Saint Merry, a much-sought-after post at the time. He would become the organist of the Royal Chapel of Versailles, and one of the most important musicians in the Kingdom, accumulating admiration, privileges, honours and official recognition.Published in 1705, this collection of his Sonatas in trio, presented here interspersed with sonatas by Corelli which were Dandrieu's model, is bursting with inventiveness and vocality, and it artfully blends a French spirit with Italian influence. This new album is also a meaningful wink from this young ensemble, Le Consort, which originally formed around one of these sonatas and this Opus 1, which turned out to be lucky for them. So this is at once a musical thunderclap and an homage to friendship; and it gives us a key to an overlooked, yet essential part of late-baroque French music. © François Hudry/Qobuz

Classical - Released April 13, 2018 | L'Encelade

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For the benefit of those listeners who think that one harpsichord is pretty much like another, and that they all sound the same, we strongly recommend this album from Marouan Mankar-Bennis – a follower of Olivier Beaumont, Bob van Asperen and Pierre Hantaï, and who is now performing with Vincent Dumestre and his Poème Harmonique, amongst many other projects – which is dedicated to Jean-François Dandrieu (1682 - 1738). This is an imaginary suite, concocted by Mankar-Bennis and based on the four Livres for harpsichord, respectively published in 1705 ("Livre de jeunesse"), 1724 ("Premier livre"), 1728 and 1734, whose individual movements he has arranged into a great fresco, in the manner of a lyrical tragedy à la Lully: aPrologue of five pieces form a suite, and then five acts, each considered like a suite in its own right. The richness of the instruments here is extraordinary – they were picked out personally by Mankar-Bennis, of course – a copy of a Flemish harpsichord from the 17th century made by Joannes Couche, and a copy of a French instrument from the mid-18th century. By playing with the registers and the lute stops (the entire Prologue is played on the lute stops, although a listener would hardly expect that that's the only string to that particular bow), he draws out an incredible richness from his instruments, running from cannon blasts on Caractères de la guerre played "with the flat of the hand" as per Dandrieu's instructions (an ancestor to the cluster, then), to the songbird chirruping of the harpsichord's upper range on Le Concert des oiseaux, a foretaste of Messiaen if ever there was one. This is one for anyone not yet sold on the harpsichord...© SM/Qobuz

Classical - Released December 17, 2012 | Tempéraments - Radio France


Classical - Released July 15, 2013 | Pierre Verany


Sacred Vocal Music - Released March 15, 1994 | Arion


Classical - Released October 15, 1998 | Pierre Verany


Classical - Released October 15, 1996 | Arion