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Fanfare Magazine: 45:4 (03-04/2022) 
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Reviewer: James A. Altena

Not long ago, in 43:5, I reviewed Volume 1 in this ongoing series of Dandrieu’s organ works. Here is Volume 2, and its arrival is equally welcome. This time the fare is not all for the organ; the 14 brief organ offertories, plus the Duo sur la trompète, are sandwiched in groups of two or three between the six op. 1 Trio Sonatas (cast in four-movement sonata da chiesa format) plus two isolated movements drawn from violin sonatas. (I wonder why the latter were not saved for complete performances of those sonatas on a future disc.) The instrumental performances by the Ensemble Il Caravaggio—comprising Fiona Emilie Poupard and Anne Camillo on violins, Ronald Martin Alonso on viola da gamba, and Benjamin Narvey on theorbo—under Camille Delaforge are absolutely scrumptious. The entire Italian Baroque crowd of Vivaldi, Corelli, & Co. has stiff competition here for ingenuity of melodic invention, rhythmic liveliness, and instrumental color. The offertory pieces are often surprisingly complex within their short compasses, for example embracing compact and ingenious fugues. Once again, Robin plays his offerings magnificently on the splendid 1710 instrument of the Chapel Royal at the Palace of Versailles. The recorded sound is up close and vivid. Detailed booklet notes and color photos are provided. All of this lively music practically dances off the printed page of its own accord. I don’t know how many more volumes are planned in this series, but I can’t wait for them to arrive! Recommended with giddy enthusiasm.


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