Symphonies 5 & 6 are played with breathtaking virtuosity at Notre Dame, Paris, by Olivier Latry.
NEW! Pierre Labric plays the music of Eugene Reuchsel in this new album by Solstice. Promenades en Provence is a recording of the grandes orgues de Saint-Ouen de Rouen.
Unable to obtain the original tapes (held illegally by the original producer), the present disc could only be made using copies of variable quality- hence the hiss affecting the first four pieces. Not without lamenting this, we nonetheless felt that the interest of the document took precedence over this transient flaw that, for its part, the Art et Son studio endeavoured to correct as much as possible.
Total Playing Time- 68:51
Produced in 2013 by Solstice
NEW! Timothy Byran-Wigfield plays The Organ of St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle in this 2-disc set. The included booklet provides notes on the music performed, an organ stoplist, and biographical information on the performer.
Disc One Total Playing Time [79:02]
Disc Two Total Playing Time [79:36]
Produced by Delphian Records Ltd. 2009
Pierre Labric plays Louis Vierne's Les Pièces de fantaisie on the organ of Saint-Ouen de Rouen on this 2-CD set from Solstice.
Though André Marchal left no written works, he is still regarded as a highly influential figure in the culture of French organ music in the 20th Century. This 2-CD set contains legendary performances by Marchal dating from 1954-1979 and includes several of his improvisations.
Cochereau was a great symphonist, and it is well known that a symphony was often his preferred musical form for extended improvisations in concert and yet, despite the fact that his recorded legacy is huge, this particular form is singularly underrepresented on the many albums of his improvisations available previously. Up to now his discography has not included an extended work comparable in scale to a symphony by, for example, Vierne. The present album supplies that deficiency by presenting two extended symphonies from what might be considered Cochereau's greatest period at Notre-Dame.
Pierre Labric plays Vierne on this 3-CD set
Accomplished organist Pierre Labric plays Vierne on the Cavaillé-Coll organ at Saint-Ouen de Rouen. The second volume in the series of Vierne's complete works recorded by Labric, it contains over 3 hours of music.
Pierre Labric plays the Cavaillé-Coll organ of St. Sernin, Toulouse.
In the early 1970s, Téléson, a company located in Rouen, convinced Pierre Labric to record a considerable number of repertoire works with, foremost amongst them, the symphonies of Vierne and Widor as well as the works of Demessieux--three large groups that were subsequently given up to the Musical Heritage Society, based in New York at the time. MHS released them in the form of three boxed sets that, owing to their success, soon sold out and have become impossible to find. After more than thirty years of absence, these legendary interpretations are now available again!
Domenico Severin plays two historic Cavaillé-Coll organs. The program begins at the Grande Organ of St. Peter where Severin plays works by Dubois and Saint-Saëns. On the second CD the recital moves to the Conflans Chapel. It was transferred by Cavaillé-Coll's successor, Charles Mutin. In the second leg, Severin plays Capocci and Guilmant. The richness of this organ repertoire would not have been possible without the renewal of organ building, underlined by such a person as Cavaillé-Coll.
Naji Hakim has established himself as a performer and composer whose works are indelibly tied to his Christian faith. Recognized with a papal medal for his activities, these pieces are drawn from the span of his compositional career, combining organ music with string quartet and solo soprano.
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From the OHS Vault! The vocal ensemble Les éléments (Patricia Fernandez, Mezzo-Soprano soloist), under the direction of Joël Suhubiette accompanied by Michel Bouvard on Organ.
André Marchal plays the grande orgues de Saint-Eustache de Paris.
Recorded at the great organ, Notre-Dame de Paris, over 40 years ago, this homage to Jeanne Demessieux by one of her most brilliant students (and friend) brings together her major works.
This 1974/1978 recording of Francis Jackson at York Minster has been remastered, and is now released on CD for the first time. Of Dr. Jackson's interpretation of the French works, Robin Vaughan of The Times (UK) raves, "He exults in the unabashed exuberance of much French organ music."
Neil Wright plays the entire 63 pieces of Franck’s late-written collection of small pieces for the harmonium on the 17-stop Cavaillé-Coll orgue de choeur of Farnborough Abbey.
The unaltered and treasured Cavaiilé-Coll organ of St. Ouen, Rouen is the perfect sound for a collection of enduring French and Belgian works played by Gerard Brooks.
Volume 4 of this fine series is now available with vocal works, a recently discovered fourth improvisation and a thrilling orchestral piece compiled by Vierne for use on tour.
Harald Feller, Organ, and the Göttinger Choralschola, led by Johanna Grüger, perform Les Vêpres de la Vierge and other works of Dupré in alternatim at St. Martin's in Memmingen.
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Stefan Kagl plays Tournemire at the organ of Herford Munster, Germany. Kurt Lueders has written a very fine essay for the CD booklet placing Tournemire’s work in perspective.
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Daniel Roth, titular organist of St. Sulpice in Paris, professor, recitalist and renowned improviser, is also a composer. This CD presents several of Roth’s works for organ.
Félix Moreau, son and grandson of organists, student of d’Indy and Vierne, is the organist of Saint-Pierre in Nantes where he and former student, Marie-Thérèse Jehan, play for this CD.
In a musical festschrift, four organists perform on four different organs honoring Pierre Cochereau at the 25th anniversary of his death.
The complete Vierne choral works performed by the critically-acclaimed Truro Cathedral Choir and the complete organ works written for liturgical use.
On the Cavaillé-Coll organ at Saint-Sernin de Toulouse, France, organist Pierre Pincemaille performs the complete organ works of César Franck. By throwing off "tradition", Pincemaille may actually be giving a more authentic interpretation of Franck's intentions than those who follow strict convention.
Organist Hans Fagius performs Widor's third and sixth symphonies, as well as selections from the first symphony on the 1975 Åkerman & Lund organ at the Katarina Church (Katarinakyrkan) in Stockholm, Sweden. This organ retained a 1751 facade which previously existed in the church. This is the last commercial recording on this instrument before it was destroyed in a May 1990 fire.
Pierre Cochereau's improvisations on folk tunes come to life once again on the great organ at the Église Saint-Eloi in Dunkerque (Dunkirk), France. Organist François Lombard, who has studied under André Isoir, Michel Chapuis and Gaston Litaize, breathes life into Cochereau's works by playing his own transcriptions and a transcription by David Briggs.
French Organ works in St. Augustin
Romantic French organ works are performed on the 1976 Rieger organ at St. Augustin Church in Vienna, by titular organist Michael Gailit. The four manual instrument is built into a 1730 organ case, and is one of Austria's largest mechanical organs.
In seven volumes, all ten of Widor's Symphonies have been recorded on organs built or restored by the Cavaillé-Coll firm. Organists Suzanne Chaisemartin, Marie-Andrée Morisset-Balier, Daniel Roth and Odile Pierre perform on organs throughout France, including Rouen, Toulouse, Paris and Orléans.
BONUS! Several discs also include works by Widor's student, Louis Vierne; One disc includes a track by Félix-Alexandre Guilmant, Widor's successor as organ teacher at the Conservatoire de Paris.
Click the link to view and purchase each of the seven volumes!
Litaize plays Litaize
Gaston Litaize plays his own works on the 1979 Winfried Albiez (Lindau / Lake Constance) organ located in the gallery of the Church of St. Mary in Kempen, Germany.
Original Compositions by Yves Castagnet performed by Olivier Latry. Salve Regina was composed specifically for the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris for voice and two organs.
Maurice Clerc plays 19th and 20th century French works on the Riepp organ at Cathédrale St. Bénigne, Dijon, where he has been titular organist since 1972. Includes works of Franck, Fauré, Boëllmann, and a transcription of an improvisation by Clerc's teacher, Pierre Cochereau. In order to re-create the experience of a live performance, this recording has been edited very little.
Between 1861 and 1892, Alexandre Guilmant composed 66 organ works in a wide variety of styles and published them in a succession of 18 books bearing the overall title Pièces dans différents styles. For the first time, all of these works are being recorded on period organs by the fine and popular Dutch organist, Herman van Vliet. Some of Guilmant’s most popular pieces will appear in five CD volumes in the order of their composition.
Formerly separate, now two CDs for the price of one!
John Scott's recordings of works of Marcel Dupré on the organ of St. Paul's Cathedral, London are now available as a set. This Gramophone Critics' Choice CD set contains over two hours of music!
'If you seek a recording of Dupré's works which does full justice to the music's myriad shades and inflections in an acoustic which leaves you quite simply in awe, look no further. One could almost imagine Dupré himself improvising the magical sounds pervading St Paul's. Need I say more,?' -Cathedral Music.
On two seperate discs (one of which earned the prestigious Choc award from France's Le Monde de la Musique magazine), virtuoso Philippe Delacour plays significant works of Marcel Dupré. Delacour performs on the organs at the two churches where he is currently organist: The 1930 Frédéric Haerpfer organ at the Saint-Maurice church in Freyming-Merlebach, Lorraine, and the Cavaillé-Coll organ at Notre-Dame in Metz.
Falcinelli plays Falcinelli
Hear French organist Rolande Falcinelli play works which she composed and dedicated to organ students at the Paris Conservatory. This 1984 recording was performed on the three-manual Beuchet Grand-Orgue at the Cathédrale Saint-Pierre d'Angoulême.
Organist Klaas Jan Mulder, who is considered a true romantic, finds himself quite at home playing a program of nineteenth century works (mostly from French composers) on the famous Cavaillé-Coll organ at St. Ouen in Rouen, France. Also includes an improvisation.
Twentieth Century Interpretations
Hear recordings of Rolande Falcinelli playing Marcel Dupré, César Franck and Louis Vierne on the 59 rank Cavailé-Coll/ Merklin & Kuhn organ at the Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste in Belley, France, during the Belley Summer Sessions (1979 - 1987).
Veerman at St.-Antoine des Quinze-Vingts To keep the peace, a home organ goes to church.
Le Livre ouvert
2ème Livre d'orgue
Works of twentieth-century French composer Valéry Aubertin are performed by four friends and by the composer herself on this two disc set. All performances are on the Cavaillé-Coll organ at l'eglise Saint-Antoine des Quinze-Vingts in Paris.
This recording earned the prestigous "Diapason Découverte" award from France's Diapason magazine, and the "Choc" award from France's Le Monde de la Musique magazine, the highest award offered by that publication.
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Jeanne Maitre plays Tournemire and Messiaen on the 53-stop Cavaillé-Coll organ at Notre-Dame d'Auteuil in Paris. Includes extensive notes on the works, instrument and performer in French and English.
This disc earned the 4 star award from the French magazine, Le Monde de la Musique.
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George C. Baker performs works of his teacher at St.-Sernin de Toulouse on the 1889 Cavaillé-Coll which was a favorite of Langlais.
Langlais in an elegant liturgy
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Re-issuing famous recordings made by Phillips, this CD indeed captures the legendary facility at improvisation which was Cochereau’s.
The six Vierne organ symphonies recorded in the 1970’s at Notre Dame in Paris. 3-CD Set
Roth Plays Vierne Symphonies 1 and 2 at St-Sulpice in Paris on the 5m Cavaillé-Coll, using the latest surround-sound technology to capture the acoustical ambience of the famous building and its organ. Aeolus owner and engineer Christoph Frommen has given Daniel Roth the finest digital reproduction possible so that every nuance of the colorful registrations and enormous gravity of this famous organ are captured as never before. The CD is produced in SACD Surround Sound, so that it is entirely compatible with conventional CD players.
Guilmant’s Harmonium is an exquisite Mustel still owned by the Guilmant family and, silent since 1911, refurbished for this recording. Using the instrument’s vast expressivity, Kurt Lueders plays Guilmant’s works for Christmas. ALEXANDRE GUILMANT: La Crèche: Pastorale et Adoration; Pastorale; Noël languedocien; Noël espagnol; “Chantons, je vous prie;” “Le Messie vient de naítre;” “Grand Dieu!” “Allons Pasteur;” "Coeur de Jésus enfant”; Prière et Berceuse; Noël brabançon alla Haydn; Berlioz: Repos de la Sainte Famille; Noël de Saboly alla Mozart; Puer natus est; Noël polonais; “Entends ma voix fidèle;" Finale alla Schumann sur un Noël languedocien
Daniel Roth Plays the rare, intact, and restored organ built in 1897 by Jean-Baptiste Ghys (1840-1923) of Dijon, France. Inaugurated in May, 2005, in its new church home of Eglise Sainte-Chantal in Dijon, the organ was built for a Dijon convent where it was unused for decades and never abused. Ghys, a native of Nukerke, Belgium, apprenticed to organbuilding at age 17 and worked in Brussels and then Paris, entering the service of Joseph Merklin in 1865 and supervised the installation of several organs. During the installation of an organ in Dijon in 1869, he met and then married an organbuilder's widow, producing many fine organs in his Dijon workshop. Only the organ recorded here is known to remain unaltered as built by Ghys. Daniel Roth enthusiastically embraces this 21-rank marvel for a magnificently played and well-recorded program. Click for works by Büsser, Pierné, Vierne, Roth, Franck, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Ropartz and Tournemire on this CD.
Now Three Volumes! Peter Eilander creates a series of CDs devoted to the organ sonatas as well as the works that Parisian organist and composer Alexandre Guilmant played in an enormously popular annual series of concerts on the Cavaillé-Coll at The Trocadéro concert hall in Paris, near the Eiffel Tower. The series begun in 1879 included a Handel organ concerto with orchestra and Guilmant's own adaptations of works by earlier composers which he later published in four books with the overall title Repertoire des Concerts du Trocadéro and the subtitle Organ works of early composers published and adapted to modern organs. Eilander plays the works on ideal Cavaillé-Coll organs. Click the headline contents of each volume and to order.
Jean-Jacques Grunenwald was Dupré’s assistant organist at St-Sulpice in Paris from 1936 and titular organist 1973-82, following Dupré’s death in 1971. Very well educated, Grunenwald held a diploma in architecture from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and also received first prize in Dupré’s organ class at the Paris Conservatory in 1935 at the age of 24. He made the very first recordings of the complete organ works of Bach as well as DeGrigny and Franck. The works on this CD were recorded in 1981 in stereo at St. Sulpice. Françoise Renet plays the Grunenwald work.
Pierre Cochereau, organist of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris 1955-1984, is famed for his improvisations played during Sunday Masses at the Cathedral. Here, stellar examples recorded during Masses between 1973 and 1977 sample four each of Processional, Offertory, Communion, and Recessional improvisations. Not previously released. Click the headline to order.
Totally Spectacular! Perhaps the most influential church musician/organist in mid-19th-century France was Louis-James-Alfred Lefébure-Wély who adapted popular musical styles to church organ music. The result was great appreciation on behalf of most church goers, an exploitation of the new musical resources available on the vanguard organs by Cavaillé-Coll and others, and a backlash from those with "better taste." Astride the malestrom was Cavaillé-Coll, remaining friendly with both sides, each embracing his organs. Lefébure-Wély, the best known and most celebrated organist in France, was organist of The Madeleine in Paris in 1847, where the builder had installed Paris’ first new organ in the symphonic style a year earlier. In 1863, Lefébure-Wély became organist of St-Sulpice. On this CD, Ben van Oosten incomparably plays these works on The Madeleine organ, finding infinite opportunities to explore his enormous musicality as abetted by awesome technique. Click the headline for titles and to order.
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Mulet & Ravel are played on a organ built in 1925 by the firm of Späth from Ennentach, Germany, with four manuals and 61 original registers now restored. In the resonant church, the ten colorful works comprising Mulet’s “Byzantine Studies” (of which Tu es Petra - Thou Art the Rock - is the most well known) glow in hues drawn exquisitely by Leonardy. Impressionism continues with P. O. Ferroud’s transcriptions for organs of three works from Ravel’s “Mother Goose Suite.”
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Volumes 1-5 now available. Many organs built by the great Frenchman Aristide Cavaillé-Coll are featured in this fine series from IFO with several organists playing interesting repertoire.
John Scott Whiteley, biographer of Jongen, plays all of the organ works of the Belgian on three organs: Notre Dame de Laeken in Brussels (Merklin/Schyven), York Minster (Harrison & Harrison), and St. Jude’s Church, Detroit (Pilzecker). Click picture for repertoire
Student of Tournemire, Guilmant, Widor and Vierne, Bonnet was elected titulaire at St. Eustache, Paris, in 1906 by a jury of Guilmant, d’Indy, Gigout, Vierne and Tournemire. He was renowned as a virtuoso in France, England, and the U.S., where he founded the organ program at Eastman School. All of his compositions date from 1908-13. Frédéric Ledroit plays the Cavaillé-Coll organ of the Cathedral of Angoulême.
Langlais in the 1970s explored several compositional areas including the use of two organs and/or two organists at one organ. Marie-Louise Langlais and Sylvie Mallet play these works, and some for solo organ, on the much admired organs of the Hofkirche in Lucerne, Switzerland.
Bernard Buttman designed the 120-rank (±, with 3 stops at 32' pitch) Klais organ upon which he plays these works in the Audimax concert hall at the Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany.
Symphony No. 3, op. 28; Symphony No. 4, op. 32
Thierry Mechler Plays Vierne on the symphonic Seifert organ (1996, 3-58) at the Church of St. Peter & Paul in Heilbronn.
On the Schyven organ in Antwerp Cathedral, described above, Stanislas Deriemaeker plays works composed by Belgians and French composers of the 19th and 20th centuries. Deriemaeker was organist of the Antwerp Cathedral for 40 years, 1962-2002, and was the fourth Antwerp Cathedral organist to play the Schyven organ. The first was Joseph Callaerts who was an early student of Lemmens and was involved in design of the Schyven organ. Another Antwerp organist was Clément d’Hooghe, a Dupré student who died young. Flor Peeters, cathedral organist in Mechelen, composed “Abbey Peace” in 1926. His student, Gabriel Verschraegen, was cathedral organist in Ghent and his compositions are inspired by Gregorian chant as in the chorale prelude on the All Saints Vespers hymn. Deriemaeker was a student of Verschraegen at the Ghent Royal Conservatory. Franck may be the most famous of the Belgian composers on this CD. The others all are French. Click picture for repertoire
Helga Schauerte, editor of the new Bärenreiter critical edition of Boëllmann’s works, plays the 1996 Kuhn organ of 62 stops (two 32’ stops in the Pedal) in the Cathedral of Minden, Germany. Her Suite Gothique is fabulous! The album contains both a regular CD and a 5-channel DSR CD, each containing the same program.
Jonathan Dimmock Plays 1885 Cavaillé-Coll, Paris. The first two works were discovered in 1997 and date from ca. 1928. Jonathan Dimmock plays them and beloved Messiaen movements from his major works on the 1885 Cavaillé-Coll 3m at Notre-Dame d’Auteuil in Paris. Click picture for repertoire
Ave Maris Stella & Noel Improvisations
Cochereau Improvises in Concert at Notre Dame. The Ave Maris Stella versets were realized on 15 August 1970, and the Noël variations on 24 December 1972.
Marcus Eichenlaub plays to great effect the 4-88 Klais in the resonant acoustical environment for Limburg Cathedral in Germany. The powerful and versatile organ and these musical hands make a superb combination. Click Picture for Details
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Luckily, many improvisations of those who mastered the skill have been captured in recordings. Through digital mastering the sounds are brought to new life. Two of the improvisations here are played by Langlais at Ste-Clotilde, Paris, one on a small Christensen organ in Germany, and on the Rieger organ (1970) in the Cistercian abbey church in Marienstatt.Luckily, many improvisations of those who mastered the skill have been captured in recordings. Through digital mastering the sounds are brought to new life. Two of the improvisations here are played by Langlais at Ste-Clotilde, Paris, one on a small Christensen organ in Germany, and on the Rieger organ (1970) in the Cistercian abbey church in Marienstatt. Click Picture for Details
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Jean-Pierre Leguay plays Franck at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, where he is one of the three titulaires. Click Picture for Details
Organist Carolyn Shuster Fournier teams up with acclaimed cellist Julius Berger to record this lovely program in memory of Marcel Dupré. Cavaillé-Coll organs in St. Bernhard, Mainz, and the Reformed Church of Saint-Esprit, Paris. Click Picture for Details
Volume 5 Now Available! Gerard Brooks plays the Cavaillé-Coll at St. Ouen, Rouen Eugène Gigout (1844-1925) was organist at St. Augustine Church in Paris for 60 years and a teacher at the Paris Conservatoire. He favored pieces of moderate length and none of his own works exceed about 10 minutes. Many are based on plainchant and modal harmony which he felt to be the true language of church music.
Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the founding of the distinguished label, Motette, the firm produces a brand new set of six CDs which survey the organs of Aristide Cavaillé-Coll of Paris. The set includes a book of more than 200 pages describing the organs. Click on headline for a list of organs and organists heard on this set.
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Charles Matthews plays the Cavaille-Coll Organ of La Madeleine, Paris
British organist Charles Matthews, winner of the 1999 Liszt Organ Competition in Budapest, plays the complete organ works of André Jolivet (save an earlier version of Hymne à l’Univers) and fills the CD with works of Jolivet’s 20th-century contemporaries including many interesting and seldom heard pieces.
Olivier Latry plays the complete works for organ by Olivier Messiaen on the Cavaillé-Coll organ at Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris. Rave reviews appear in the European organ press for this superlative 6-CD set on the Deutsch Grammophon label.
Vols. 5 & 6 Now Available! Famous recordings of the complete Messiaen played by Gillian Weir at Århus Cathedral, Denmark, widely lauded in the organ press, are now issued by Priory as individual volumes (just $12.98 per volume to OHS members). Volume 1 includes Apparition de l'Eglise Eternelle, La Nativité, and Le Banquet Celeste. Volume 2 contains Méditations sur le mystère de la Sainte Trinité, Volume 3 presents Les Corps glorieux and Messe de la Pentecote, Volume 4 has two works L'Ascension and Livre d'Orgue, Volumes 5 & 6 on 2 CDs contain the entire Livre du Saint Sacrement.
Copied after the choir organ by Cavaillé-Coll at Saint-Sulpice, Paris, the Oberlinger organ in the Cathedral at Worms sounds wonderful in works by Guilmant, Franck, Widor, Vierne, and Boellmann played by Odile Pierre, titulaire at The Madeleine in Paris. Click the picture for titles and to order.
On perhaps the most glorious creations of Cavaillé-Coll, at St. Ouen, Rouen, Klaas Jan Mulder plays two of the great organ symphonies, both numbered 5.
Launching a brand-new series of CDs exploring the works of Guilmant and the organs associated with his music, organists Kurt Lueders, Joris Verdin, and Georges Lartigau play the 1883 Puget organ at the Church of Saint-Amans in Rodez, an instrument, which, standing exactly at midpoint in Guilmant’s 50-year career as an organ composer, met with his hearty approval. Some of his best music in larger forms are drawn from his earliest and latest periods of composition: Morceau de Concert, op. 24; Marche funébre et Chant séraphique, op. 17; Sonate 7, op. 89 Click the picture for titles and to order.
on the organ newly-built in French symphonic style by the Verscheuren firm at Göteborg University in Sweden. Davidsson, who organized the great organ research and performance institute at Göteborg and also serves as visiting professor at the Eastman School, plays Guilmant, Franck, Widor, Alain, and Duruflé. Click the picture for titles and to order.
Martha Schuster plays pieces of Dupré and his students on the 1992 Rieger organ at the Collegiate Church of St. Mary’s Assumption in Kleve. Dupre: Deux Esquisses & Symphonie-Passion; Guillou: Toccata; Messiaen: L'Ascension Click the picture for more information and to order.
Dynam-Victor Fumet (1867-1949) was a disciple of Franck, a great improviser and well-known as an organist in France, and less known as a composer. His works are both mystical and highly original, and largely differ from the prevailing structural, rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic influences of his contemporaries Vierne, Tournemire, and Dupré. Frédéric Denis plays the 1899 Henri Didier organ of 3m and 62 ranks, restored in 1987 and tonally intact. Click picture for repertoire
At St-Étienne-du-Mont, Maurice Duruflé, as titulaire organist, presided over the rebuilding of the organ in 1956, combining neoclassical stops and colors with the Romantic foundations of the earlier organ. Highly regarded for its musical qualities and for its association with the beloved music of Duruflé, the organ is recorded by the present titulaire, the remarkably talented Vincent Warnier, to show these qualities. Click picture for repertoire
Bernhard Leonardy plays the complete organ works of Duruflé on the 1989 Van den Heuvel 5m organ of 147 ranks at Saint Eustache in Paris. Click picture for list of works
Symphonic Organ Music
Thomas Dahl plays a new 2-44 organ built by the Winterhalter firm at the Parish Church of Our Lady in Achern, Germany, largely in the ca. 1870 style of Cavaillé-Coll but also incorporating characteristics of the south German romantic organ of the period. The fine sound emanates from a handsome, free-standing case in the West gallery with unusual placement of the Grand Orgue in a very large and handsome case on the gallery rail of this medium-sized church with very fine acoustics. Symphony 4; Aria (Sym. 6); Pastorale, Berceuse (24 Pièces style libre); Prélude, Andantino, Caprice, Marche nuptiale (24 Pièces de Fantaisie)
Jean-Pierre Leguay is a titular organist at Notre-Dame, Paris, and professor at the Dijon conservatory. His written music, like his improvisations, incorporates daring components of the contemporary with classic forms and harmonies. Pascale Rouet performs in the presence of the composer, who improvised at the end of the recording session on the 1995 Kuhn 5-101 in the church of Saint-François in Lausanne. Sonata I; Madrigals II, III, V, VII, IX; Improvisation
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Five works for various performing forces are included on this one CD. Te Deum for organ is played by Hakim at La Trinité, Paris. Other works: Hymne de l’Univers for orchestra, Missa redemptionis for mixed choir a cappella Children for mixed choir a cappella, Les Noces de l’Agneau for orchestra
Harold Chaney plays the large 3m Petty-Madden organ in the grand acoustical space of Trinity Cathedral in Trenton, New Jersey. Click picture for list of works
The last improvisations, all on Gregorian themes, of Jean Langlais (1907-1991) were recorded in 1986 and 1987 on the organ at Sainte-Clotilde in Paris where he succeeded Tournemire as titulaire. Though Langlais lived several years after these recordings were made, he ended his career as a performer in 1987. Click headline for details
This CD is a real winner! The 1898 Cavaillé-Coll at the cathedral in Osnabrück was the first by his firm to be installed in Germany, and it magnificently fills the resonant building with only 18 ranks. Cathedral organist Dominique Sauer plays extremely well to the wonderfully captured acoustical ambiance. Click ikon for repertoire
Lionel Rogg served on the organ committee for Victoria Hall in his native Geneva following the devastating fire of 1984 and decisively influenced the specification of the new van den Heuvel instrument. He demonstrates it in the Finale of Vierne's First Symphony, the Scherzo from Widor's Fourth, Franck's Choral in b, Bizet's Jeux d'enfants, and Liszt's Funérailles Click picture for repertoire
Gerard Brooks plays the Organ of St. Pierre, Douai France
Discover a little-known Cavaillé-Coll! Built for a Russian conservatory and now located at the magnificent St. Peter's Church at the monastery in Douai in the north of France, it has been recently restored. Girard Brooks plays works mostly by Boëly (including a great thunderstorm piece), also Guilmant, Philip, and Nibelle.
A unique recording event! Pierre Pincemaille, titulaire of St. Denis Basilica in Paris, records all ten of the organ symphonies of Widor on ten magnificent Cavaillé-Coll organs.
“. . . this set of Widor symphonies is the clear first choice. . . .Four notable Cavaillé-Coll organs . . . the sound is spectacular.” Anthony Baglivi, The American Organist, Nov.‘98. Order the special sampler for $9.98
on four great Cavaillé-Coll organs in seven volumes
This premier recording introduces duos for piano and organ.
Philippe Delacour plays the restored organs in St. Maurice Church in Freyning-Merlebach, Moselle, France, where he is organist, in the only CD devoted to the organ works of Jacques Ibert.
Daniel Roth at St.-Sulpice, Paris
This CD offers a cross-section of Dupré’s substantial canon of organ works: Preludes & Fugues in B, a, g, A-flat; two Chorales; two Inventions; Variations on a Noël; Le Monde dans l’attente du Sauveur from Symphonie-Passion, and several more. Click to see entire list.
Louis Robilliard, one of the world’s great organists, who plays two large Cavaillé-Coll organs on this CD in works of Liszt, Mendelssohn, Bach, and Brahms. Super sound!
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This series of CDs from Hortus collects interesting works in excellent performances in these volumes: Influence of Liszt; Samson & Dalila at Church; and A Wedding, A Funeral, and a Salute to the Holy Sacrament.
Susan Chaisemartin, disciple of Dupré and organist of St. Augustin in Paris, plays the Cavaillé-Coll at Rouen in the beloved 15 pieces founded on antiphons as well as Sept Pièces, op. 27.
Langlais plays his own compositions at St. Clotilde, where he was titulaire as were Franck, Tournemire, Dubois and Pierne on the famous organ known to them all. Recorded in 1978.
Hymne d’Actions de Grace from 3 Paraphrases grégoriennes; Mors et Resurrectio; La Nativite; Pasticcio; Legende de St.-Nicolas; Plainte; Chant Héroïque; Chant de Paix; De Profundis; Mon Ame Cherche Une Fin Paisable; Kyrie Orbis Factor; Imploration pour la Croyance
Suzanne Chaisemartin plays the organ built ion 1887 by Cavaillé-Coll with 45 stops, since rebuilt. Excellent sound and acoustics.
GUILMANT: Sonata No. 3 SAINT-SAËNS: Prelude & Fugue No. 3 in E-flat, op. 99 PIERNÉ: Prélude, Cantilène, Scherzando, op. 29 LÉONCE DE SAINT-MARTIN: mvt. 2 Aria fr. Symphonie Dominicale DUPRÉ: No. 1 Ecce Dominus veniet and No. 6 Lumen ad revelationem from Deux Antiennes, op. 48 TOURNEMIRE: Improvisation No. 3 Te Deum FRANCK: Fantaisie in C
JEHAN ALAIN (1911-1940) composed brilliantly for the organ during his brief life, cut short by war. This series features the organ with which he grew up in his home, played by Marie-Claire Alain, Guy Bovet, and Yves Rechsteiner.
Cochereau’s earliest recordings at Notre Dame in Paris and his 4-mvt Symphony improvised at Symphony Hall, Boston, for the Aeolian-Skinner King of Instruments series are combined in a 2-CD set. The Notre Dame sessions from 1955, preserve the sound of the Cavaillé-Coll unaltered since Vierne left it 18 years earlier.
This 2-CD set documents 25 improvisations on the Gospel according to St. Matthew as realized by Cochereau at Notre-Dame in Paris on five consecutive Sundays ending March 4, 1984, the day before Cochereau’s death.
Two Grand Improvisations: a Suite of Dances and a Prelude, Adagio, and Chorale Variations, were recorded at live recitals in 1970 and 1974. Spectacular!
Cochereau was the great organist of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris 1955-1984. The recordings on this 3-CD set are taken mostly from live concerts and masses, mostly at Notre Dame.
This live performance of Cochereau at his best was recorded in excellent stereo sound at a concert in the magnificent cathedral at Cologne, Germany, on May 30, 1972, by the West German Radio. DUPRÉ: Prelude & Fugue in F-minor MESSIAEN: Apparation de l’église éternelle COCHEREAU: Improvised Symphony on Veni Creator
François Lombard plays the Symphonie and Pierre Pincemaille plays the other works.
These festive improvisations were recorded at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris at Christmas services 1968-1973 and at one private concert held there in 1971 with famed titular organist Pierre Cochereau at the console.
Now 4-CDs for the Price of 2 Ben van Oosten plays Louis Vierne’s six organ symphonies on three Cavaillé-Coll organs: that of 1880 in Lyon at St. François-de-Sales (3-45), of 1890 in Rouen at St. Ouen (4-82), and of 1889 in Toulouse at St. Sernin. Includes a 48-page booklet on Vierne, the symphonies, and the three organs. Splendid sound and fine playing.
George Baker recorded the complete 24 pieces on the largest unalterd Cavaillé-Coll, the fabulous organ at St. Ouen in Rouen, in 1994.
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24 Pièces en style libre are played by Dr. George Baker on the Cavaillé-Coll at St. Ouen in Rouen. The set also includes Prélude funèbre, op. 4; Messe basse, op. 30; Messe basse pour les défunts. op. 62
Vierne: 24 Pièces de fantaisie (including Carillon de Westminster, Fantômes, Marche nuptiale, Gargouilles et chimères, Naïades, Clair de lune, etc.) are definitively played at Notre-Dame by Latry who corrects errors in the score (as later published in Latry’s article in The Tracker 38:2) and annotates in the CD booklet the registrations which use Cavaillé-Coll stops known to Vierne when he composed these works, 1925-27.
Olivier Latry plays the 145-rank, 5m organ of Notre Dame, Paris
Daniel Roth plays the Cavaillé-Coll at Saint-Antoine des Quinze-Vingts, Paris. VIERNE: Symphonie No. 3, op. 28; Prélude Funèbre, op. 4; Pastorale, Scherzetto, Arabesque (24 Pièces in style libre)
Hans-Ola Ericsson plays the beautiful Lulea Cathedral organ in Sweden.
Répons pour le Temps de Pâques; Andante; Te Deum; 12 Chorale Preludes and DUPRÉ: 3 Preludes & Fugues in B-flat, f, g, Op. 7, on the rebuilt Cavaillé-Coll organ at La Madeleine, Paris, where the composer was organist 1962-68.
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Titular organist at La Madeleine for over a decade and professor organ in Rouen and Paris, Odile Pierre develops an interesting theme on the 1857 Cavaillé-Coll in the cathedral at Perpignan, France. Tonally but not mechanically restored, the organ retains the 15th-century case and early facade pipes (the larger 24’ basses are of rounded wood covered in tin foil). This CD was produced by great admirers of this organ who dealt with its unrestored condition for the recording. Click ikon for repertoire
On Pierre Cochereau's residence organ, now in the church at Roquevaire and comprising 72 stops as combined with the church's original organ of 1826. FRANCK: Choral III in a PIERNÉ: Prélude; Cantilëne from Trois Pièces TOURNEMIRE: Choral-Poeme on Eli, Eli, lamma sabacthani LANGLAIS: Te Deum; Poeme Evangelique (La Nativité); 3rd Symphony
plays the recently restored 54-stop 1888 Cavaillé-Coll in the magnificent church. Works by Saint-Saëns, Franck, Guilmant, Prokofiev, Alain, Dupré, Andriessen.
Daniel Roth plays the Cavaillé-Coll organ at Saint Sulpice, Paris, where he has been titular organist since 1985.
Symphonie Nr. 5 f-moll op. 42/1
Andantino quasi allegretto
Symphonie Nr. 10 "Romane" op. 73
Daniel Roth plays organ works of Franck on the Cavaillé-Coll organs of Saint-Sulpice, Paris (1862); Santa Maria del Coro in San Sebastián, Spain (1863); and Saint-Etienne Cathedral in Saint-Brieuc, Bretagne, France (1848).
Hans Fagius convincingly plays these delightful works on the beautiful 1976 Marcussen at St. Jacob’s Church, Stockholm.
Langlais at La Madeleine François-Henri Houbart, titular organist of La Madeleine in Paris, plays the 1845 Cavaillé-Coll / 1957 Rœthinger-Boisseau / 1971 Danion-Gonzales / 1988 Dargassies 4-82.
Marie-Louise Jaquet-Langlais played the splendid but rarely recorded 1880 Cavaillé-Coll 4m at Orléans Cathedral in 1982 for engineers using state-of-the-art equipment for LP releases. Now, the full fidelity of the sound (including the awesome effect of the original “Thunder Pedal” (“Orage”) on the organ) can be heard as never before on either a superior DVD-Audio disc (must be played on a DVD-Audio compatible player) or on a conventional CD.
Philippe Delacour plays the 1908 Rickenbach organ (restored in 2001) of 22 ranks in the tiny village of Ettendorf (pop. 800) in Alsace. Works include 8 pieces each from Suites in F, F-sharp, G, and A-flat
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Paul Carr plays the organ of St. Chad's Cathedral, Birmingham. Features the music of Hakim, Hendrie, Dupré, Prokofiev, Ravel, Briggs, Berlioz, Litaize, and Reuchsel. Most of the repertoire has a French influence, but did not all originate in France.
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Internationally renowned organist Joseph Nolan plays Widor symphonies No. 6 and No. 5 on the Cavaillé-Coll organ of La Madeleine, Paris.