Jean Baptiste Robin: Fantaisie Mecanique
Fukuhara, Akimi; Walevska, Christine
Jean-Baptiste Robin has made two previous recordings for Brilliant Classics: the complete organ works of his fellow countryman Jehan Alain and an imaginative recreation of "the American Symphonic Organ" which includes Jean-Baptiste his own, well-upholstered transcriptions of music by Bizet, Debussy, Mahler, Rachmaninov and others. Now he presents his own compositions: the Fantaisie mechanique for organ, timpani and strings which gives teh album its title; Etoile interieure for piano and organ, Recits Heroiques for trumpet and organ, Three Solos an dCinq Versets sur le Veni Creator for solo organ, Chant de l'Ame for clarinet and organ and Regard vers Agartha for four hands organ. In Robin's music, Ostinatos and circular melodies reminiscent of the ticking and turning hands of the dial of a clock, knock against the warmth of a tempestuous, floating melody. The mediator which manages to reconcile and eventually unite both forces, is a machine, moved by a particularly intricate and complex mechanism, which yet carries the imprint of an unconventional and pliable musicality, capable of moving the senses: the "machine organ". These circular melodies can often be traced from one work to another, linking them in a renaissance of Lisztian thematic transformation. The composer explains his own preoccupations this way: "With the juxtaposition of two pposing states, a space between the two emerges, which interests me, like the suspended hiatus which exists between a powerful accent and the resonant web of pianissimo which follows in its wake".