Situated on the west-end gallery of the Benedictine abbey of Saint-Michel-en-Thiérache, the beautiful Boizard organ dating from 1714 and with 90% original pipework was as perfect an instrument as one could find for this recording of the first organ mass by André Raison (1688) and the two suites by his pupil Louis-Nicolas Clérambault (c. 1710).
"... Everything about this recording is enjoyable; the music is excellent, played by a seasoned and persausive advocate effortlessly alternating between supple rubato and scorching grand jeux... The instrument - a lucky survivor of fires, revolution and war - is comparatively modest, but lacks nought and benefits from fine acoustics ..."
Magnus Williamson - Choir & Organ magazine - July/August 2014
"This recording is the third in a series of French Baroque organ music from the organist David Ponsford, and it certainly makes you keen to explore the others ... Altogether it is a bracing experience and Ponsford brings the music superbly to life ..."
Andrew Parker - International Record Review - June 2014