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Charles Tournemire: Complete Works For Organ Vol 1 / Boucher

Release Date: 05/08/2007 
Label:  Atma Classique   Catalog #: 22470   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Charles Tournemire
Performer:  Vincent Boucher
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

TOURNEMIRE Chorale-Improvisation on Victimae paschali laudes. Lento. Suite de Morceaux: Toccata. Suite évocatrice. Petites Fleurs musicale: Office Dominica Resurrectionis. Postludes libres pour des Antinenes de Magnificat. L’Orgue mystique: Office Dominica Resurrectionis Vincent Boucher (org) ATMA 2470 (59:25)

Charles Read more Tournemire (1870–1939) saw himself as a liturgical composer, and his organ compositions are all deeply connected to the structures and music of the Catholic liturgy that he played each Sunday as organist. Though Tournemire wrote a great deal of music in other forms (including a number of orchestral symphonies and several operas), those pieces are rarely played today. A student of Franck, Tournemire served as organist at the Basilica of St. Clotilde in Paris (a position previously held by Franck and later by Langlais) and taught organ improvisation at the Paris Conservatory. Despite his many notated organ compositions, Tournemire’s most widely played works are a set of five recorded plainchant improvisations from 1930–31, which Maurice Duruflé transcribed for publication in 1958. One of those pieces ( Victimae paschali laudes ) is included on this CD. The other works are drawn from Tournemire’s many other suites and collections, including L’Orgue mystique , an enormous set of 255 compositions based on the plainchants for every day of the liturgical year. As can be heard in his original live recordings (of which a complete album was released in 2008), Tournemire was a masterly improviser with a complex musical imagination. Many of his notated organ compositions employ a simpler aesthetic. While some of these smaller pieces are not of immense musical interest (and were likely composed primarily for practical/liturgical purposes), they are never unpleasant.

With this release, the excellent young French-Canadian organist Vincent Boucher has begun what appears to be a complete Tournemire cycle, with the music grouped very appropriately by subject matter. This volume thus contains pieces connected to the Resurrection. The pieces range in their scope, but the disc provides a good mix of shorter works alongside more substantial pieces (especially the Office Dominica Resurrectionis setting from L’Orgue Mystique ).

Boucher and ATMA are to be commended for this liturgically themed programming approach to Tournemire’s organ repertoire. It is extremely fitting (and a concept that Tournemire himself would almost certainly have found exceptionally agreeable), and makes for compelling listening as a program—avoiding, for example, the aural fatigue that can come from listening to large sections of L’Orgue mystique on its own. Boucher plays with sensitivity, and the Casavant organ of Église des Saints-Anges-Gardiens in Lachine, Quebec, serves the music well.

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Works on This Recording

Improvisations (5) for Organ: no 5, Choral-Improvisation sur le "Victimae paschali" by Charles Tournemire
Performer:  Vincent Boucher (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1930; France 
Venue:  Quebéc, Canada 
Suite de morceaux, Op. 19 by Charles Tournemire
Performer:  Vincent Boucher (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; France 
Venue:  Quebéc, Canada 
Suite évocatrice, Op. 74 by Charles Tournemire
Performer:  Vincent Boucher (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1938; France 
Venue:  Quebéc, Canada 
Petites fleurs musicales, Op. 66: Office by Charles Tournemire
Performer:  Vincent Boucher (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Venue:  Quebéc, Canada 
Notes: Composition written: France (1932 - 1934). 
Postludes libres, Op. 68 by Charles Tournemire
Performer:  Vincent Boucher (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; France 
Venue:  Quebéc, Canada 
L'orgue mystique, Op. 56: Suite no 22, 5th Sunday after Easter by Charles Tournemire
Performer:  Vincent Boucher (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1930; France 
Venue:  Quebéc, Canada 

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