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Midnight At Notre-dame / Olivier Latry


Release Date: 08/10/2004 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 000269736   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachWolfgang Amadeus MozartFranz LisztHector Berlioz,   ... 
Performer:  Olivier Latry
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Although the liner notes don't say it, Olivier Latry is titular organist at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris; he has won prestigious awards and certainly ranks among the world's finest church/concert/virtuoso organists. Among his credits are a recent traversal of Messiaen's organ works for Deutsche Grammophon (type Q5907 in Search Reviews), and this newest offering is, well, something a little bit different. Suffice it to say, if this really is what goes on at "Midnight at Notre-Dame", then we know why many of those famous gargoyles are smiling--and we'd like to be part of the celebration too. From Marcel Dupré's opening transcription of Bach's "Sinfonia" from Cantata
Read more BWV 29, we're launched into that unique part of the universe that's dominated by forces only organists and certain very special instruments can create and to which we can be transported only under very special circumstances.


This recital is, as they used to say in the '60s, a "trip", but one that's guided by the highest artistic standard, and where showmanship is superceded by the utmost care for each work's essential musical values. The result: a breathtaking exposition and a reminder of just how electrifying an organ concert on CD can be. The (predominantly) Cavaillé-Coll organ at Notre-Dame is a huge, bright, reedy instrument capable of a virtual carnival of voices, and Latry is a consummate master of colorful, evocative registration that not only illuminates a given piece, but makes it forever memorable. Wait till you hear Liszt's orchestra-sized conception of Wagner's Tannhäuser "Pilgrims' Chorus", or Vierne's larger-than-life Prélude Op. 3 No. 2 by Rachmaninov--talk about fully exploiting your sound system!


And if that's not enough, try Latry's phenomenal rendition of Jean Guillou's transcription of Prokofiev's Toccata Op. 11: how does a human play such a thing on the organ? It's just not possible! And for good measure, Latry dispatches Berlioz's Hungarian march from La Damnation de Faust with dazzling style--and effortless technique. And the sound--from brilliant, refulgent upper reeds, trumpets, and winds to the great, resounding lower registers--is ideal, placing us in the very middle of that incomparably huge, timeless Gothic-cathedral space. And you don't even have to turn this one up to get room-filling effect. Organ fans will already have this--and if you're not one already, try it and believe. Outstanding! [9/14/2004]
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Wir danken dir, Gott, BWV 29: no 1, Sinfonia in D major by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Olivier Latry (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris 
Length: 4 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Marcel Dupré.
Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris (11/2003 - 12/2003) 
2. Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Jesu bleibet meine Freude "Jesu, joy of man's desiring" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Olivier Latry (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris 
Length: 4 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Maurice Duruflé.
Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris (11/2003 - 12/2003) 
3. Adagio and Fugue for Strings in C minor, K 546 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Olivier Latry (Organ)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris 
Length: 8 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Jean Guillou.
Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris (11/2003 - 12/2003) 
4. Pilgrim's Chorus from Wagner's "Tannhäuser", S 676 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Olivier Latry (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1860/1862 
Venue:  Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris 
Length: 8 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris (11/2003 - 12/2003) 
5. La damnation de Faust, Op. 24: Rákóczy March by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Olivier Latry (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; France 
Venue:  Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris 
Length: 5 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Paul-Henri Büsser.
Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris (11/2003 - 12/2003) 
6. Morceaux de fantaisies (5), Op. 3: no 2, Prélude in C sharp minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Olivier Latry (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
Venue:  Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris 
Length: 4 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Louis Vierne.
Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris (11/2003 - 12/2003) 
7. Toccata for Piano in D minor, Op. 11 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Olivier Latry (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; Russia 
Venue:  Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris 
Length: 4 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Jean Guillou.
Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris (11/2003 - 12/2003) 
8. Jesus nahm zu sich die Zwölfe, BWV 22: no 5, Ertöt uns durch dein Güte, erweck uns durch dein Gnad by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Olivier Latry (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Maurice Duruflé.
Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris (11/2003 - 12/2003) 
9. Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: 5th movement, Chaconne by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Olivier Latry (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris 
Length: 15 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Henri Messerer.
Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris (11/2003 - 12/2003) 

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