In Dulci Jubilo - Organ Chorales for Christmas Time


In Dulci Jubilo
Organ Chorales for Christmas Time 
Johann Sebastian Bach
Dietrich Buxtehude
Johann Pachelbel 

Jean-Charles Ablitzer
organs : 
Aubusson (FR)
Cuxhaven-Lüdingworth (DE)
Goslar (DE)
Norden (DE) 
Stade (DE)
Steinkirchen (DE)


Jean-Charles Ablitzer


Born in 1946 and attracted early in life by the organ, Jean-Charles Ablitzer was self-taught before enrolling in the Strasbourg Conservatory, where he studied under Pierre Vidal. In 1971 he won the post of organist at Saint-Christophe Cathedral of Belfort, home of the great Valtrin-Callinet organ restored by Kurt Schwenkedel of Strasbourg. The same year he was also named professor of organ at the Belfort Conservatory.

J.C. Ablitzer's extensive knowledge of baroque music and instruments conditions the rigorous discipline of his style, which reflects the principles described in learned treatises; his personal discoveries regarding registration, articulation and phrasing; and his research into antique organs (construction materials, keyboard and pedalboard configuration). Jean-Charles Ablitzer is an ardent chamber-music performer, and has participated in numerous baroque ensemble concerts and recordings.

The high quality of Ablitzer's recordings (Bach, Couperin) has received ample praise from the critics : "…Playing a superb Catalan instrument with the characteristic Iberian nasality, Ablitzer constructs a glittering monument resounding with vast incandescent figures. Phrasing, registration, and digital dexterity are stunning. No one since Chapuis has played Couperin this brilliantly…" (from a review by Jean-Luc Macia).

Ablitzer's two recordings of François Couperin Masses were ranked by the monthly review "Le Monde de la Musique" as among the ten best classical recordings of 1987.
"…Jean-Charles Ablitzer's abilities as a colourist enable him to etch the smallest details of a tormented work that eschews comfortable harmonies and banal equilibrium, and to confront its most lyrical effusions with aplomb. This "Complete Works" (Buxtehude) in progress is devilishly promising…" (from a review by Paul Meunier).

"…But never fear; the Belfort organist doesn't drag Brahms over the borderline into austere pedantry. He remembers the lesson this composer learned during his long stay in Vienna, the importance of smooth flow and sunny declamation : here is a recording flooded with just that Viennese spirit…" (from a review by Xavier Lacavalerie).

"…his fervour is enough to draw tears from a stone, but it is his exuberance and joy that fulfil the crucial role of restoring to Titelouze's music its original sharp brilliance and dazzling verve. The centuries fall away, the musical themes engage with each other like flashing swords of light…" (from a review by Paul Meunier).

"…dedicated to Georg Boehm, known for having influenced the great Bach, his works, it is now proven, deserve their own success. To the glowing chorales, Monique Zanetti lends her pureness and ecstatic innocence, while Jean-Charles Ablitzer offers glory and enlightenment.” (from a review by Paul Meunier).

"…he is well aware of the recent musicological evolutions, his application of which is extremely seductive… He is not the prisoner of any fashion in his choice of tempi, phrasing, or registration. On the contrary, he is constantly inspired, proposing innovative solutions with every page." (from a review by Francis Albou /J.S. Bach, Organ works in Goslar).


Gérald Guillemin organ Aubusson France : J. Pachelbel, J.S. Bach BWV 602 à 701
Wilde-Schnitger organ Cuxhaven-Lüdingworth Germany : D. Buxtehude BuxWV 188
Huß-Schnitger organ Stade Germany : D. Buxtehude BuxWV 189, 182
Arp Schnitger organ Steinkirchen Germany : D. Buxtehude BuxWV 192, 202
Arp Schnitger organ Norden Germany : D. Buxtehude BuxWV 197, 217
Christoph Treutmann organ Goslar-Grauhof Germany : J.S. Bach BWV 590


Mélodie "In dulci jubilo" *

Johann Pachelbel
Choral "Vom Himmel hoch, da komm' ich her"

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Choral BWV 602 "Lob sei dem allmächtigen Gott"
Choral BWV 603 "Puer natus in Bethleem"
Choral BWV 604 "Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ"
Choral BWV 605 "Der tag, der ist so freudenreich"
Choral BWV 606 "Vom Himmel hoch, da Komm' ich her"
Choral BWV 607 "Von Himmel Kam der Engel Schaar"
Choral BWV 608 "In dulci jubilo"
Choral BWV 609 "Lobt Gott, ihr Christen allzugleich"
Choral BWV 610 "Jesu, meine Freude"
Choral BWV 611 "Christum wir sollen loben schon"
Choral BWV 612 "Wir, Christenleut"
Choral BWV 701 "Vom Himmel hoch, da komm' ich her"

Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)
Fantasie BuxWV 188 on/sur "Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ"
Choral BuxWV 189 "Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ"
Choral BuxWV 182 "Der Tag, der ist so Freudenreich"
Choral BuxWV 192 "Herr Christ der einig Gottes Sohn"
Choral BuxWV 202 "Lobt Gott, ihr Christen allzugleich"
Choral BuxWV 197 "In dulci jubilo"
Choral BuxWV 217 "Puer natus in Bethlehem"

Johann Sebastian Bach
Pastorale BWV 590 in F-dur/in F major/en fa majeur

* Ian Honeyman (tenor), Jean-Charles Ablitzer (positive organ) 

For any inquiries about Chorales and Organs, please consult the Organ section :
J.S. Bach et son siècle
J.S. Bach, Orgelbüchlein
D. Buxtehude, complete organ works vol. 1
D. Buxtehude, complete organ works vol. 2
D. Buxtehude, complete organ works vol. 3
D. Buxtehude, complete organ works vol. 4
J.S. Bach, organ works vol.1 (Pastorale)

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