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Dupré: Organ Works, Vol 5


Release Date: 11/24/1999 
Label:  Guild   Catalog #: 7164   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Marcel Dupré
Performer:  Jeremy Filsell
Number of Discs: 1 
Length:  1 Hours  5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The fifth instalment in Jeremy Filsell's rewarding Dupre series, featuring some of the lesser-known [piece] pieces

There are at least three complete cycles of Dupre's organ music appearing at the moment: four, if we include John Scott on Hyperion. Each tackles the project in a very different way. Naxos uses different organists each bringing something fresh to their allotted works. Ben van Oosten (Dabringhaus und Grimm) concentrates on atmosphere with a genuine Cavaille-Coll mistily recorded, while Jeremy Filsell has decided to undertake the task in one intensely concentrated go, recording the complete Dupre organ oeuvre in just two weeks. (John Scott took 12 years over the first two discs in what may prove to be a
Read more 12-disc series, on which form it seems unlikely he will finish the task within any of our lifetimes: I would, though, recommend the purchase of a rejuvenating drug since I suspect in the long run his will be something very special.) As things stand, however, my preference is very much for Filsell especially since he is supported by outstanding recordings of a bright, crystal-clear 20-year-old Florida organ, and by Guild's booklets and general presentation which put all the competition into the shade.

The benefits of Filsell's approach are most evident in this fifth disc where much of the music represents Dupre at his least enchanting. Filsell does not try to find hidden significance in such (dare I say mundane?) pieces as Annonciation or Epithalame, and is content to let the music flow, knowing that it is as much a part of the Dupre persona as the big spectacular works by which he is best known. Filsell has a phenomenal technique, and while he comments on the music's Everest-like technical demands, he is clearly one of those fellows for whom no Sunday afternoon would be complete without a gentle stroll up Everest. His innate feel for the music, a mixture of genuine enthusiasm which permeates every note of every performance and total immersion in the sound world of Dupre, turns these into truly distinguished, compelling and unquestionably authoritative performances. I eagerly await the next release which will feature somewhat more mainstream compositions.

-- Marc Rochester, Gramophone [3/2000]
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Works on This Recording

1. Offrande à la Vièrge, Op. 40 by Marcel Dupré
Performer:  Jeremy Filsell (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; France 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  St Boniface Episcopa 
2. Épithalame by Marcel Dupré
Performer:  Jeremy Filsell (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  St Boniface Episcopa 
3. Suite for Organ, Op. 39 by Marcel Dupré
Performer:  Jeremy Filsell (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; France 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  St Boniface Episcopa 
4. Esquisses (2), Op. 41 by Marcel Dupré
Performer:  Jeremy Filsell (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; France 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  St Boniface Episcopa 
5. Paraphrase on the Te Deum for Organ, Op. 43 by Marcel Dupré
Performer:  Jeremy Filsell (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  St Boniface Episcopa 
6. L'Annonciation, Op. 56 by Marcel Dupré
Performer:  Jeremy Filsell (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; France 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  St Boniface Episcopa 
7. Angélus, Op. 34 no 2 by Marcel Dupré
Performer:  Jeremy Filsell (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; France 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  St Boniface Episcopa 

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