ACD2 2118 Cover

ATMA Classique Logo

NOËLS
Noëls français du XVIIe siècle aux instruments
French noëls of the 18th Century on instruments



Les Boréades de Montréal
with guests
Rafik Samman and Éric Mercier


ACD2 2118

Although composed by organists, these noëls also allow certain liberties to the performer, namely that of playing them on a variety of instruments.   Thus Louis-Claude Daquin, a famous composer of noëls for the organ, gives the following precision on the title page of his Nouveau livre de Noëls pour l'orgue et le clavecin: "most of them can be played on the violins, flutes, oboes, etc". One finds a similar indication in the forward to the original edition of Corrette's Nouveau livre de Noëls (1753): "The violins, flutes, viols and violoncello can play these noëls in concert with the harpsichord".


© Dominique Olivier
Translation: Jaques-André Houle




  1. «Nous sommes en voie»     1:30
Jean-François Dandrieu (1682-1738) Livre de noëls, 1759

  2. «Tous les bourgeois de Chastres»     2:38
Michel Corrette (1707-1795) Nouveau livre de noëls, 1753

  3. Noël no.2 «Or, nous dites, Marie»     6:03
Louis-Claude Daquin (1694-1772) Nouveau livre de noëls, 1757

  4. «Noël provençal»     1:47
Michel Corrette

  5. Noël no.3 «Une bergère jolie»     10:35
Louis-Claude Daquin
En musette, en dialogue et en rondeau, très tendrement

  6. «Où s'en vont ces gays bergers»     6:44
Michel Corrette
  7. «Joseph est bien marié»     2:27
Michel Corrette

  8. «Il est us petit l'ange» ou «Noël suisse»     6:23
Claude Balbastre (1727-1799)
Recueil de noëls formant quatre suites avec des variations, 1770

  9. Noël no.1 «À la venue de Noël»     4:17
Louis-Claude Daquin

10. «Une jeune pucelle»     6:35
Michel Corrette

11. «Bon Joseph écoute moy»     4:56
Michel Corrette

12. «Noël poitevin»     2:10
Jean-François Dandrieu




ATMA Classique is distributed in Australia by Rockian Trading
PO Box 44, Briar Hill, Vic, 3088, Australia
Telephone +61 (0)3 9432 4149 ~ Facsimile +61 (0)3 9444 6879