Magnificat des huit Tons de la composition du Sieur Balbastre
Claude Balbastre is well known for his "Noëls en variations". He learned first with his father and after with Claude Rameau (Jean-Philippe's Brother). He was organist at the Cathedral of Dijon before he moved to Paris.
Four manuscripts bring us today a part of his organ and harpsichord works. All were written around 1748-1750. The last discovered contains typical french Magnificat suites, and other unpublished pieces (....because it's a private MS).
Balbastre composed 2 sets of 8 Magnificats on the litugical tonalities. The second set contains another Magnificat of the first ton (d minor) that I'll publish tomorrow to complete this entire recording.
I recorded all these works on different samples : Weissenau, Zamardi, Saint-Maximin and Arlesheim, all organs with a real strong french personnality.
The MS contains errors corrected by Pierre Gouin (IMSLP) and a good friend of mine (Jean-Luc Perrot, great specialist of this music, organist of the Clicquot organ in Souvigny). I called Jean-Luc sometimes to discuss and exchange about these works. As all isn't always clear in the MS I had to make choices regarding notes, registrations,... I would like to thank greatly Pierre Gouin and Jean Luc to provide french organ lovers such music.
I was happy to share with CCH members the first entire performance of these works.