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Duruflé: Complete Organ Music / Henry Fairs


Release Date: 05/29/2007 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557924   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Maurice Duruflé
Performer:  Henry Fairs
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



DURUFLÉ Fugue on the Carillon of the Cathedral of Soissons. Prelude, Adagio, and Choral Variations on “Veni Creator.” Prelude on the Introit of the Epiphany. Scherzo, op. 2. Prelude and Fugue on the Name of Alain. Meditation, op. posth. Hommage à Jean Gallon. Suite, op. 5 Henry Fairs (org) NAXOS 8.557924 (73:21) Read more


Duruflé, a student of Charles Tournemire and Louis Vierne, is unabashedly post-Romantic. His music is characterized by lyrical sweetness even when it is Plainchant derived or contrapuntally rigorous. For a recording to be successful, it must convey more than a dollop of atmosphere, the full impact of his delicate registration colors, and linear clarity. All of these prerequisites are fulfilled in these performances by Henry Fairs and his aptly chosen Organ of Notre-Dame d’Auteuil, Paris (Cavaillé-Coll 1884–1885).


This release encounters worthy competition from a Loft offering featuring Hans Davidsson performing on the Verschueren Organ, 1998, Göteborg, Sweden (Loft 1054), and a Sanctuary Classics Resonance disc featuring David M. Patrick on the Organ of Gloucester Cathedral (3073). In Meditation , op. Posth., Fairs is more meditative than the estimable David M. Patrick, and his pedal tones are more impressively recorded. In the feathery Scherzo, op. 2, Fairs is a bit more otherworldly than Patrick, and, as before, his pedal tones are more viscerally registered. The more dynamically varied Suite, op. 5, is given a splendid performance by Hans Davidsson on Loft, a company that has provided more than its fair share of stunning organ recordings. Davidsson’s recording is more close-up and timbrally colorful than Fairs’s, but doesn’t quite pack the full wallop of the piece’s pedal tones. The Loft effort has marginally less dynamic range than Naxos’s. Both performances are splendid. One’s preference will probably be dictated by the tolerance of one’s neighbors—the Loft offering has more impact when played at lower levels than does Fairs’s, which requires cranking things up a bit in order to taste it to the fullest degree.


In sum, this is a fine effort. The two comparison discs offer multi-composer collections, but Naxos, in its ongoing attempt to record the everything of everybody, dedicates its entire disc (which claims to contain his entire organ output) to Duruflé. Add to this Naxos’s budget price, and . . .


Typically, full organ specs are provided in the well-written and highly informative liner notes.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Fugue on the Carillon of the Cathedral of Soissons, Op. 12 by Maurice Duruflé
Performer:  Henry Fairs (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1967; France 
Venue:  Notre-Dame d'Auteuil, Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: Notre-Dame d'Auteuil, Paris, France (06/05/2006 - 06/06/2006) 
2.
Prelude, Adagio and Chorale Variations on "Veni Creator", Op. 4 by Maurice Duruflé
Performer:  Henry Fairs (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; France 
Venue:  Notre-Dame d'Auteuil, Paris, France 
Length: 20 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: Notre-Dame d'Auteuil, Paris, France (06/05/2006 - 06/06/2006) 
3.
Prelude on the Introit of the Epiphany, Op. 13 by Maurice Duruflé
Performer:  Henry Fairs (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; France 
Venue:  Notre-Dame d'Auteuil, Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: Notre-Dame d'Auteuil, Paris, France (06/05/2006 - 06/06/2006) 
4.
Scherzo for Organ, Op. 2 by Maurice Duruflé
Performer:  Henry Fairs (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; France 
Venue:  Notre-Dame d'Auteuil, Paris, France 
Length: 6 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Notes: Notre-Dame d'Auteuil, Paris, France (06/05/2006 - 06/06/2006) 
5.
Prelude et fugue sur le nom d'Alain, Op. 7 by Maurice Duruflé
Performer:  Henry Fairs (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; France 
Venue:  Notre-Dame d'Auteuil, Paris, France 
Length: 12 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Notes: Notre-Dame d'Auteuil, Paris, France (06/05/2006 - 06/06/2006) 
6.
Méditation for Organ by Maurice Duruflé
Performer:  Henry Fairs (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; France 
Venue:  Notre-Dame d'Auteuil, Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: Notre-Dame d'Auteuil, Paris, France (06/05/2006 - 06/06/2006) 
7.
Hommage à Jean Gallon by Maurice Duruflé
Performer:  Henry Fairs (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
Venue:  Notre-Dame d'Auteuil, Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: Notre-Dame d'Auteuil, Paris, France (06/05/2006 - 06/06/2006) 
8.
Suite for Organ, Op. 5 by Maurice Duruflé
Performer:  Henry Fairs (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; France 
Venue:  Notre-Dame d'Auteuil, Paris, France 
Length: 23 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: Notre-Dame d'Auteuil, Paris, France (06/05/2006 - 06/06/2006) 

Sound Samples

Fugue sur le theme du Carillon des Heures de la Cathedrale de Soissons, Op. 12
Prelude, adagio et choral varie sur le Veni Creator, Op. 4: Prelude
Prelude, adagio et choral varie sur le Veni Creator, Op. 4: Adagio
Prelude, adagio et choral varie sur le Veni Creator, Op. 4: Choral varie
Prelude sur l'introit de l'Epiphanie, Op. 13
Scherzo, Op. 2
Prelude et fugue sur le nom d'Alain, Op. 7: Prelude
Prelude et fugue sur le nom d'Alain, Op. 7: Fugue
Meditation, Op. posth.
Chant Donne - Hommage a Jean Gallon
Suite, Op. 5: I. Prelude
Suite, Op. 5: II. Sicilienne
Suite, Op. 5: III. Toccata

Customer Reviews

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 Excellence at Low Cost June 26, 2013 By Wil L W. (Richwood, TX) See All My Reviews "A good introduction to the organ works of Durufle. Good, accessible music. Excellent sound, organist, and organ. The booklet is informative and educational. Because of the low price, this CD is low risk for buyers not familiar with these works. Recommended without reservations." Report Abuse
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