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Vierne - Les 6 Symphonies

Pierre Labric
Release Date: 09/02/2011 
Label:  Solstice Records   Catalog #: 277/9  
Number of Discs: 3 
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In the early 1970s, Teleson, a company located in Rouen, convinced Pierre Labric to record, without a contract (and gratis pro Deo!), 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 sold without any qualms to the Musical Heritage Society, based in New York at the time. MHS released them in the form of three boxed sets that, alas, owing to their success, soon sold out and become impossible to find. The years passed, then the decades. In 2009, I learned that, without having asked anyone (let alone the person most concerned), another American firm, Haydn House, had not hesitated Read more to transfer the original LPs to CDs and had been selling them on its website for years! Disturbing his legendary placidity, I obtained an official <> from Pierre Labric to demand an accounting in his name from these people and, running up against a wall, then got a Texas lawyer, a friend of George Baker's, to look into this, and he finally succeeded in having these unauthorised editions removed from the circuit. Approached in turn, the Musical Heritage Society informed me that, as far as it was concerned and, given the artist's indisputable position as eligible party (Teleson having meanwhile disappeared), it had no objection to my rereleasing these recordings (rerecorded from my personal LPs, the master tapes having since been lost). Consequently, after more than thirty years of absence, these legendary interpretations are going to be available again over the coming months and, for the first time, on a French label. In all respects, I believe this picturesque saga deserved to be told.

Francois Carbou 2011

Louis Vierne (1870 - 1937)

Performer: Pierre Labric

Track Listing:

Disc 1
Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op.14

1. I. Prelude
2. II. Fugue
3. III. Pastorale
4. IV. Allegro vivace
5. V. Andante
6. VI. Final. Allegro

Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op.20
7. I. Allegro
8. II. Choral. Largo
9. III. Scherzo. Quasi assai
10. IV. Cantabile
11. V. Final. Maestoso

Disc 2

Symphony No. 3 in F sharp minor, Op.28
1. I. Allegro maestoso
2. II. Cantilene
3. III. Intermezzo
4. IV. Adagio
5. V. Final. Allegro

Symphony No. 5 in A minor, Op.47

6. I. Grave
7. II. Allegro molto marcato
8. III. Tempo di scherzo
9. IV. Larghetto
10. V. Final

Disc 3
Symphony No. 4 in G minor, Op.32

1. I. Prelude
2. II. Allegro
3. III. Menuet
4. IV. Romance
5. V. Final. Allegro

Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op.59

6. I. Introduction et Allegro
7. II. Aria
8. III. Scherzo
9. IV. Adagio
10. V. Final. Allegro molto

Timing: 3h.42.32 Read less

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