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Glorious Pipes - Organ Music / Dupré, Cochereau, Et Al

Release Date: 08/10/2004 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 000310102   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachDietrich BuxtehudeNicholas de GrignyLouis Marchand,   ... 
Performer:  Wolfgang RübsamSimon PrestonPeter HurfordGillian Weir,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 23 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Here's a fine example of truth in advertising: this disc's title accurately describes the music and performances you hear on these two well-programmed CDs. The collection, culled from Universal's catalog of organ recordings covering the decades from the late 1950s (Marcel Dupré's Franck Chorale No. 3 in A minor) to the present (two Messiaen pieces by Olivier Latry), features some of the instrument's most respected and accomplished practitioners, although names such as Chorzempa and Richter are absent. Disc 1 is mostly devoted to J.S. Bach--no surprise!--and includes the ever-popular (and possibly spurious, but who cares) Toccata in D minor BWV 565, given a rippingly roof-raising reading in a 1984 recording by Ton Koopman. We're also Read more treated to Wolfgang Rübsam's fleet "Little" Fugue in G minor BWV 578 and later, his powerful, sumptuously recorded Toccata & Fugue in D minor BWV 538 ("Dorian") from 1977.

Disc 2 opens with the absolutely maniacal Liszt Prelude & Fugue on the Name B-A-C-H, performed by Peter Hurford with appropriately unbridled, uninhibited dramatic flair--and impeccable virtuoso technique. Marcel Dupré's classic performance of Franck's Chorale No. 3 is worth the price of the discs--which, but the way, are an exceptional 2-for-1 bargain--and the concluding works by Widor and Messiaen (the latter taken from Olivier Latry's recent complete traversal) will leave any organ fan satisfied and grateful for the chance to relive these timeless interpretations and to revisit some of the repertoire's grandest and most gratifying masterpieces. As for the sound, it doesn't seem to matter when or in what venue these selections were recorded--all do full justice to music and instrument. And for those who care about such things, your sound system and the structural integrity of your listening room will be sufficiently challenged. For most listeners, the substantial musical rewards of this program will be sufficient, however, organ enthusiasts who don't already own the original recordings will be disappointed to find that no information is given regarding the instruments--an inexplicable and unfortunate omission. [9/16/2004]
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 "Little G minor" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Wolfgang Rübsam (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1706; Arnstadt, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Chorale Preludes (6) BWV 645-650 "Schübler": no 1, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Simon Preston (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1748-1749; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Prelude, Fugue and Chaconne for Organ in C major, BuxWV 137 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: German 
Premier livre d'orgue: Récit de Tierce en taille by Nicholas de Grigny
Performer:  Gillian Weir (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1699; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Troisième livre d'orgue: Grand Dialogue in C major by Louis Marchand
Performer:  Gillian Weir (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1696; France 
Length: 9 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 654 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Helmut Walcha (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1723; ?Weimar, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 538 "Dorian" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Wolfgang Rübsam (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; Weimar, Germany 
Length: 11 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Sonatas (6) for Organ, Op. 65: no 6 in D minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Germany 
Length: 9 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Prelude and Fugue for Organ on B-A-C-H, S 260 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855/1870; Weimar, Germany 
Length: 11 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Pieces (12) for Organ, Op. 59 "Orgelmesse": no 9, Benedictus in D flat major by Max Reger
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Chorales (3) for Organ: no 3 in A minor, M 40 by César Franck
Performer:  Marcel Dupré (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; France 
Length: 13 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Chorale Preludes (11) for Organ, Op. 122: no 8, Es ist ein Ros entsprungen by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Peter Planyavsky (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Apparition de l'église éternelle by Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Olivier Latry (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; France 
Length: 9 Minutes 27 Secs. 
La nativité du Seigneur: no 9, Dieu parmi nous by Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Olivier Latry (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; France 
Length: 9 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Symphony for Organ no 6 in G minor, Op. 42 no 2: 1st movement, Allegro by Charles-Marie Widor
Performer:  Thomas Trotter (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; France 
Length: 9 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Symphony for Organ no 9 in c/C, Op. 70 "Gothic": 2nd movement, Andante sostenuto by Charles-Marie Widor
Performer:  Pierre Cochereau (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1895; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Symphony for Organ no 5 in f minor, Op. 42 no 1: 5th movement, Toccata by Charles-Marie Widor
Performer:  Simon Preston (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1880; Paris, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ton Koopman (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1708; Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 1 Secs. 

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