Great European Organs No. 52

Great European Organs No. 52
Item# PRCD637
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Product Description

This large, unique, and beautiful Cavaillé-Coll organ of four manuals and 78 ranks is not well known, perhaps because of its rather remote location in the magnificent St. Peter's "chapel" of cathedral proportions and acoustics, built in 1750 at the monastery in Douai in the north of France. Like the organ at Sacre-Coeur in Paris, the Douai organ is "second-hand," having been built for the main hall of the St. Petersburg conservatory in Russia but which never left Paris in the wake of the Russian Revolution and events leading to World War I. So, in 1922, the installation was complete at Douai and Louis Vierne played the first concert. The Cavaillé-Coll organ was installed behind a magnificent 18th-century case which had been moved to St. Peter's in 1792 from the abbey at Anchin. Of more than 50 stops including percussion effects, the organ was pillaged by occupying forces during World War I and destroyed. Like its predecessor, the Cavaillé-Coll also suffered ravages of war, fire, and vandalism in the 20th century, all of which were reversed in a superb restoration completed in the 1980s. This organ was visited by the OHS European Organ Tour in 1998 to the delight of the 35 participants led by Kurt Lueders and Bruce Stevens.Girard Brooks plays works well befitting the organ and its great space.

Alexandre-Pierre-François Boëly
Fantasy and Fugue in B-flat
Andante con moto in G minor
Andante con moto in E-flat
Toccata in B minor
Larghetto in C-sharp minor
Fantaisie pour le verset Judex Crederis au Te Deum

Alexandre Guilmant
Morceau de Concert

Achille Philip
Adagio and Fugue

Claude Debussy
Arabesque No. 1

Henri Nibelle
Carillon Orléanais