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ROBIN, J.-B.: Organ Music - Cercles Reflechissants / Regard vers l'Air / 3 Elements d'un Songe (J.-B. Robin)

Composer(s):Robin, Jean-Baptiste
Artist(s) Robin, Jean-Baptiste, organ
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.570892
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


As one might guess from their descriptive titles, Jean-Baptiste Robin’s works are evocative, poetic and colourful, abounding in strength, energy and passion. When you listen to them, the days of contemporary music devoid of expression and obsessed with structure seem long past. This is highly expressive music with something to say, full of ideas to fire our imagination. Robin, who here performs on the organs in the churches of Saint-Louis-en-l’Île and Saint-Étienne-du-Mont in Paris, creates a world in flux, whose moving pictures and living images flow through a new fabric of sound.


   




Review By Jim Hildredth,The American Organist,September 2011


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Review By Jonathan E. Dimmock,The Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians,July 2011

This disc will amaze you! These are original compositions, played by the composer, on two marvelous Paris instruments: the new Aubertin at St Louis-en-Île and the organ at Église St-Étìenne-du-Mont (which has had numerous builders’ hands, including Clicquot, Cavaillé-Coll, and Beuchet-Debierre). The first thing amazing about this music is its extreme technical difficulty. I had assumed it was improvised until I read the liner notes. The second amazing things is the harmonic language which M Robin uses. It is his own original language, calling to mind the remarkable genius of Olivier Messiaen—a language which Robin calls “réfléchissants” [reflecting]. Even his titles are evocative and creative: Regard vers (2001), Cercles Réfléchissants (2007–08), and Trois Éléments d’un Songe (2004). He finds unique colors in his writing that seems immediately expansive, cosmic, energetic, passionate, and poetic. But this music is not pure technique and interesting harmonies. Robin also finds equally personal melodies, from contemplative to violent. What is even more amazing is the age of the composer/performer. Born in 1976, Robin was named Titulaire on one of the great historical instruments in all of France, Poitiers Cathedral’s Clicquot organ, at the age of twenty-three. Currently he is professor of organ and composition at Versailles Conservatoire, and Organist at Versailles Chapel. Robin’s technique is flawless and spell-binding. His unique language needs to be heard by all of us. He has much to say and a very refreshing way of saying it. Recorded beautifully,you will have never heard anything like this before. I highly recommend this disc and hope you will treat yourself to an hour of rapture. You won’t forget it.

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Review By Jonathan E. Dimmock,The Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians,July 2011

This disc will amaze you! These are original compositions, played by the composer, on two marvelous Paris instruments: the new Aubertin at St Louis-en-Île and the organ at Église St-Étìenne-du-Mont (which has had numerous builders’ hands, including Clicquot, Cavaillé-Coll, and Beuchet-Debierre). The first thing amazing about this music is its extreme technical difficulty. I had assumed it was improvised until I read the liner notes. The second amazing things is the harmonic language which M Robin uses. It is his own original language, calling to mind the remarkable genius of Olivier Messiaen—a language which Robin calls “réfléchissants” [reflecting]. Even his titles are evocative and creative: Regard vers (2001), Cercles Réfléchissants (2007–08), and Trois Éléments d’un Songe (2004). He finds unique colors in his writing that seems immediately expansive, cosmic, energetic, passionate, and poetic. But this music is not pure technique and interesting harmonies. Robin also finds equally personal melodies, from contemplative to violent. What is even more amazing is the age of the composer/performer. Born in 1976, Robin was named Titulaire on one of the great historical instruments in all of France, Poitiers Cathedral’s Clicquot organ, at the age of twenty-three. Currently he is professor of organ and composition at Versailles Conservatoire, and Organist at Versailles Chapel. Robin’s technique is flawless and spell-binding. His unique language needs to be heard by all of us. He has much to say and a very refreshing way of saying it. Recorded beautifully,you will have never heard anything like this before. I highly recommend this disc and hope you will treat yourself to an hour of rapture. You won’t forget it.

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Review By Michaël Sebaoun,Classica,November 2010


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Review By Peter Grahame Woolf,The Organ,September 2010

Many concertgoers and music lovers remain unaware of important organist composers who create music mainly for their own instrument. Saint-Saëns was a great organist, but he was nowhere near a “specialist” organ composer. Messiaen composed for all instrumental and vocal combinations, which helped his organ music to come into more general awareness.

But in France, indeed even in Paris itself, there is a group of specialist organist composers creating music that deserves to be far better known. Jean Guillou’s is gaining wider currency now, he being still active as composer and performer whilst celebrating his 80th birthday; his ground-breaking La Révolte des Orgues has caused a great stir on DVD and is to be repeated in Germany.

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