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

Release Date: 8/10/2004
Catalog Number: B000310102
Number of Discs: 2

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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 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
Works on This Recording
1. Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 "Little G minor" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Wolfgang Rübsam (Organ)
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1706 ; Arnstadt, Germany
2. 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
3. Prelude, Fugue and Chaconne for Organ in C major, BuxWV 137 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer: Peter Hurford (Organ)
Period: Baroque
4. Premier livre d'orgue: Récit de Tierce en taille by Nicholas de Grigny
Performer: Gillian Weir (Organ)
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1699 ; France
5. Troisième livre d'orgue: Grand Dialogue in C major by Louis Marchand
Performer: Gillian Weir (Organ)
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1696 ; France
6. Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 654 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Helmut Walcha (Organ)
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1723 ; ?Weimar, Germany
7. Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 538 "Dorian" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Wolfgang Rübsam (Organ)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1708-1717 ; Weimar, Germany
8. Sonatas (6) for Organ, Op. 65: no 6 in D minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer: Peter Hurford (Organ)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1845 ; Germany
9. 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
10. 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
11. Chorales (3) for Organ: no 3 in A minor, M 40 by César Franck
Performer: Marcel Dupré (Organ)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1890 ; France
12. 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
13. Apparition de l'église éternelle by Olivier Messiaen
Performer: Olivier Latry (Organ)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1932 ; France
14. La nativité du Seigneur: no 9, Dieu parmi nous by Olivier Messiaen
Performer: Olivier Latry (Organ)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1935 ; France
15. 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
16. 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
17. 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
18. Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Ton Koopman (Organ)
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1708 ; Germany
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