An extraordinary enterprise … As an experience of the sounds and styles of French organ culture this boxed set, it seems to me, is indispensable … the body of music is mostly, here, not created but simply made alive by the apt choice of instruments … it is a resource to which to return with delight.
Known as the ‘First Lady of the organ’, Marie-Claire Alain was a strikingly mature, creative and intuitive artist. Spanning four centuries of music, from Baroque masterpieces by the likes of Couperin and Grigny, through cornerstones of the French organ repertoire by Widor, Vierne and Messiaen, to two discs of works by her brother Jehan, this collection is testament to her vast and impressively wide-ranging recording legacy.
"The German male vocal sextet Amarcord sings a cappella harmony in a contemporary context. The group sings Renaissance polyphony, but it also takes what in the U.S. would be called the male glee club style to a high pitch of accuracy, and it has a knack for presenting light material in unusual ways, with some kind of unexpected concept or deep context in the booklet notes. This collection of little French pieces is a nice application of their talents (…) Recommended for all fans of unaccompanied ensemble singing." 4/5 ~AMG