Passacaglia: Organ Music from the 17th Century to the 21st Century (Pure DSD)

Jean-Paul Imbert

(1 customer review)
Original Recording Format: DSD 128

This is a new Pure DSD release from the Organ Music specialists at Base2 Music. Recorded in Stereo DSD 128, it has been transferred to all DSD Bit Rates in the DSD Domain!

It is a 2019 recording from Paris based virtuoso organist Jean-Paul Imbert playing 8 composers on the theme of the Passacaglia, a musical form that originated in early seventeenth-century Spain and is still used today by composers.

It is usually of a serious character and is often, but not always, based on a bass-ostinato and written in triple meter. The Passacaglia is even found in the walking and repeating bass line of Rock and Roll music. A famous example is in Saucer Full of Secrets by Pink Floyd.

Here are examples of the form. Some pieces start with the Passacaglia in the pedals, and others start further in. The composers range from the 17th to the 21st century. They include Bach, Buxtehude, and Lionel Rogg.

The music on the album finishes off with a non-passacaglia – the Bach/Virgil Fox classic ‘Come Sweet Death.’ This piece shows off the string section of the Kevelaer organ in the Marienbasilica where this album was recorded.

Jean-Paul Imbert – Organ


Introduction and Passacaglia D Minor
Passacaglia in D Minor, BuxWV 161
Passacaglia, Choral and Fugue on Chant 17 for Organ
Passacaille in G Minor
Pasacalle Vasco in D Minor
Introduction et Passacaille, in B Minor
Sonata No. 8 in E Minor for Organ, Op. 132 - Introduction and Passacaglia
Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor, BWV 582
Come, Sweet Death - Komm, S
Bells of Marienbasilika - Conclusion

Total time: 01:06:09

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Analog to Digital Converter

Korg (DSD 128), Signalyst HQ Player 4 Pro Mastering Tools (DSD 128 to DSD 512, DSD 256, DSD 64)

Loudspeaker Wiring

Silver loudspeaker wiring by Gekko, ‘Silver Lining’ series by Boban Djurdjevic


Vivid Audio Loudspeakers Giya 1 ‘Spirit’ were used for final stereo mix and mastering. Thanks to Laurence Dickie and Raymond Rowles for the facilities at Vivid Audio UK.

Mastering Engineer

Tom Caulfield at NativeDSD Mastering Lab – Stereo DSD 128 to DSD 512, DSD 256 & DSD 64 in the DSD Domain using Signalyst HQ Player 4 Pro Mastering Tools


Sennheiser MKH 8020

Original Recording Format


Jake Purches

Recording Engineer

Jake Purches

Release Date July 2, 2021

Press reviews

HR Audio.Net 5 out of 5

French organist Jean-Paul Imbert has once more been asked to be the soloist in this collection of Passacaglias, “a series of variations over an ostinato pattern, usually of a serious character”.

In this album he demonstrates once again his mastery at handling the complexity of a grand organ. What a beauty of sound is Imbert capable of generating in the fine acoustics of the Kevelaer Marienbasilika!

By carefully selecting the combination of stops, as well as his playing with such verve and intelligence, he draws a hugely amazing palette of colors from the instrument. Together with the superbly tuned organ and the excellent engineering, I’m confident he will not fail to please even the least poetical listener.

Two additional remarks: When the recital is over, one hears bells ringing. At first, I thought these were the distant bells of our own village church until I realized that I heard the bells of basilica from within the building. Secondly, Sufficient time is left between the recital and the following test files to let you savor the recital for up to ten minutes before you must switch off.


1 review for Passacaglia: Organ Music from the 17th Century to the 21st Century (Pure DSD)

    As a total pipe organ music record ‘virgin’ I’m not going to even attempt to be smart here and discuss the pieces themselves. I don’t have any knowledge whatsoever of these composers (well I have heard of Bach…).

    This is truly remarkable music to me, the pipe organ is the most incredibly versatile and dynamic ‘machine ‘of an acoustic musical instrument and this recording really demonstrates that. The dynamic range here is beyond anything I’ve encountered with recorded music and it is difficult to listen to this record without constantly adjusting the volume control or just accepting the neighbours will be banging on the wall.

    Highly recommended.

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