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Things Visible And Invisible / Catherine Crozier


Release Date: 08/02/1994 
Label:  Delos   Catalog #: 3147   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Olivier MessiaenJean LanglaisJehan-Ariste Alain
Performer:  Catharine Crozier
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

One of the most stimulating organ discs in years. Crozier's playing is uncompromising in its intensity, powerful in its vision.

Catharine Crozier has found a connecting thread linking these three works—other than the obvious one that they are all by French composers of a similar vintage. The clue is given by the disc's title, "Things Visible and Invisible", a quotation from the Nicene Creed. Each is seen to revolve around the contrast between known and unknown, the earthly and the heavenly, between good and evil. In the case of Messiaen it is found in the Transubstantiation central to the Mass, with Langlais the move from Death to Resurrection (the central part of his trilogy based on Gregorian paraphrases)
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Crozier's playing is uncompromising in its intensity, powerful in its vision. She doesn't impose, rather she allows the music to flow entirely naturally, resulting in some truly magical performances. The transformation in Langlais's first Paraphrase from the contrapuntal working of the "Ave Mans Stella" into a celestial, timeless melody (4'16") is unforgettable; the act of Communion in the fourth part of Messiaen's Messe when, at 330" the chirping of heavenly birds suddenly turns into something infinitely profound, is utterly enchanting. Her vital, rhythmic grasp gives lightness and point to the spirited (not to say spiritual) movements of the Alain Danses. It is all helped by a superlative recording which, in the words of producer John Eargle, allows just enough of "the natural overhang of reverberation" to enhance this ravishing organ's sound without losing any of its directness. This is one of the most stimulating organ discs I've heard for many a long year.

-- Gramophone [2/1995]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Messe de la Pentecôte by Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Catharine Crozier (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; France 
Venue:  Trinity Episcopal Church, Portland, Ore. 
2.
Triptyque grégorien for Organ by Jean Langlais
Performer:  Catharine Crozier (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1978; France 
Venue:  Trinity Episcopal Church, Portland, Ore. 
3.
Danses (3) for Organ, AWV 119/Op. 81 by Jehan-Ariste Alain
Performer:  Catharine Crozier (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937-1939; France 
Venue:  Trinity Episcopal Church, Portland, Ore. 

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