Voyage

Jean-Baptiste Monnot

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A True Organ-Lovers Recording!

Embark on a captivating musical adventure with “Voyage,” an album from the Organ Music Specialists at Base2 Music that explores the rich world of organ music at Saint Ouen, Rouen on one of the greatest organs in the world.

Featuring the talents of Jean-Baptiste Monnot, a protege of renowned organists Jean Guillou and Olivier Latry from Notre Dame Cathedral, this album offers a unique blend of traditional and innovative sounds and featuring in the mix, the ultrasonic contributions of the bats who flew during the recording.

The album is Exclusively Available in Stereo and 5.1 Channel Surround Sound DSD 256, DSD 128 and DXD plus Stereo DSD 512 from NativeDSD.

At the heart of the album is the Grand organ, the 1890 ‘michaelangelo’ masterpiece crafted by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, known for its thunderous 32ft Contra Bombarde stop. This organ, often regarded as one of the world’s most thrilling and frequently recorded instruments, captivates listeners with its powerful and unique sound complimented by the 130 metre long Abbey’s superb acoustics.

The second part of the album introduces L’orgue du Voyage, a portable organ built by Jean-Baptiste Monnot, featuring an all Bach programme. Recorded in immersive 5.1 surround sound, the emphasis is on enveloping the listener in between the pipe modules as they surround you.

Produced by Jake Purches for Base2 Music, the album was recorded with a 100 kHz bandwidth, utilising Sennheiser MKH8020 omni-directional microphones and recorded in 32-bit linear at 352.8 kHz PCM (DXD), the recordings capture every detail of the music with exceptional resolution. This level of resolution allows listeners to experience the full spectrum of sound up to 50kHz, from the powerful bass notes of the organ to the delicate harmonies and harmonics. In addition to the musical performances, the recordings reveal the presence of bats calling amidst the organ’s melodies.  The bats sing at 47 to 80 kHz, and a coda was made at the end of the album with a tenfold reduction to bring the bat song into our own audio range, adding an unusual touch to the album’s atmosphere

The album features classic pieces such as Widor’s 6th Allegro, showcasing the Grand organ’s commanding and powerful presence with its famous 32ft contra-bomarde, then more gentle Bach, Brahms and increasing in power with César Franck’s Pièce héroique followed by a brand new composition by producer Jacob Purches who under the touch of Jean-Baptiste Monnot, explores the organ’s subtleties and sonic depths in his ‘Prelude, Passacaglia and Lament’.


Jean-Baptiste Monnot, Organist

Tracklist

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1.
6th Symphonie Op 42 Allegro
08:48
2.
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland BWV 659
04:19
3.
Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ BWV 639
03:10
4.
Pièce héroique
08:23
5.
Prelude, Passacaglia and Lament Op 6
09:18
6.
Herzlich tut mich verlangen Op posth 122, 10
03:24
7.
Es ist ein Ros entsprungen Op posth 122, 8
02:44
8.
Vater unser im Himmelreich BWV 682
04:44
9.
Allein Gott in der höh sei ehr BWV 676
04:26
10.
Dies sind die heilgen zehn Gebot BWV 678
04:40
11.
Prelude in A minor BWV 543
03:26
12.
Fugue in A minor BWV 543
05:30
13.
Bat song and choir at St Ouen
01:15

Total time: 01:04:07

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Base2011

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A/D Convertor

Steinberg Yamaha AXR4

Editing

Jean-Baptiste Monnot

Location Monitoring

B&W Matrix CM1 loudspeakers designed by John Dibb and Stax SR-L700 electrostatic headphones with Trilogy H1 valve amplifier by Nic Poulson.

Mastering Monitors

Vivid Audio loudspeakers: Giya G1 Spirit, G2, C1 center, and S12 rear surrounds and custom Vivid subwoofer, designed by Laurence Dickie

Microphones

Sennheiser MKH80 series and SE Voodoo ribbon microphones

Instruments

Original Recording Format

Recording Location

Abbaye Saint-Ouen de Rouen, Normandy, France.

Recording producer, engineer, editing and sound design

Jacob Purches

SACD 5.1, stereo and CD mastering

Christoph Martin Frommen

Release DateMarch 5, 2024

Press reviews

NativeDSD Blog | HRAudio

Every time Base2 Music release a dedicated organ album, one can be sure that “Jacob A. Purches, Producer, recording engineer, 3D designer, audiophile and music lover”, has done all in his power to make it worth anyone’s while. He is not just a music lover, but, perhaps above all, an Organ Buff to the point that a composition of his is included in, and can stand up to the level of, the programme.
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A major part of the programme is devoted to J.S. Bach with 7 compositions divided according to best suitability over the Grand and the travelling organ. That the Cavaillé-Coll was capable of delivering a ‘romantically’ coloured Bach we knew already, and as far as I can judge, Monnot must have selected the best possible choices among the multiple available ‘timbres’ to enhance its broad and warm-sounding palette.

 

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