Base2 Music

A new label dedicated to audiophile recordings of Pipe Organs

Jean-Paul Imbert - César Franck

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Jean-Paul Imbert - César Franck

Available now is a new surround recording of Jean-Paul Imbert playing selections from the composer César Franck on the Cavaillé-Coll organ of St Etienne, Caen. Available as a SACD, downloadable MP3 and on a limited edition 2nd generation Reel to Reel. (Plus P&P).

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Jean-Paul Imbert

Jean-Paul Imbert was born in Clermont-Ferrand in 1942. He studied piano and organ and at the age of 15 he became the organist of the church of Saint Joan of Arc.

He studied in Paris from 1962 to 1965 and received tuition from Pierre Cochereau and Jean Guillou. In 1971 he became a substitute for the great organ of Saint-Eustache in Paris and remained so until 1993.

In 1988 he had the honor of playing at the opening concert of the World Congress of Organists on the great organ of Kings College in Cambridge and in 1993 he was appointed the titular organist of the Kleuker organ of Notre-Dame des Neiges in Alpe d'Huez, responsible for the organisation of concerts with renowned organists from all over the world.

From 1997 to 2006 he was the organist of Notre-Dame du Perpétuel Secours in Paris He has performed all over the world. France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Russia, Poland, England and is a professor at the Schola Cantorum in Paris.

Jean-Paul has made several organ transcriptions of symphonic works: Liszt's Preludes, Prokofiev's Excerpts from Romeo and Juliet, Richard Wagner's Prelude de Tristan and Isolde, Verdi's Ave Maria and an introduction to the Seven Last Words of Christ by Haydn.

In 2004 he was appointed Knight of Arts and Letters and in 2010 he was promoted to the rank of Arts and Letters Officer by the Minister of Culture. In 2014, he was awarded the medal of knight of the Palmes Académiques.

This SACD is fully compatible with all CD players for regular CD audio quality. The Super Audio layer and surround sound layer only plays on SACD players.

The Twin set reel to reel spec is 10.5 inch metal reel 15 ips CCIR half track stereo 2nd generation copy from the Analogue master tape - two tape set at £350 plus carriage. With certificate inside and booklet.

The single tape version spec is 7 inch reel plastic, 7.5 ips 4 track stereo NAB (1/4 track) plays both sides. 2nd generation from the Analogue master tape. £95 plus carriage.

All tapes are made to order.

Base2 Music

Base2 Music is a new venture that has grown out of Base2 Studio, a multimedia studio working in Audio Visual media for the last 20 years.

Jake Purches, owner, has had a fondness for pipe organ music since a child and the desire to record at the highest quality possible, using audiophile techniques which has led to several recordings so far.

Back in 1996 Jake attended a concert given by Jean-Paul Imbert in St Etienne in Caen. Its been Jake’s desire to bring Jean-Paul back to Caen for a recording ever since. A chance meeting again at Portsmouth Cathedral in 2016 led to this project, which has been 9 months in the making.”

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Base 2 Music
Base2 Studio, Unit 6 Star Road
Partridge Green, RH13 8RA
United Kingdom