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
Total time: 01:06:09
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Korg (DSD 128), Signalyst HQ Player 4 Pro Mastering Tools (DSD 128 to DSD 512, DSD 256, DSD 64)
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.
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
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|Release Date||July 2, 2021|
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.
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