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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

Famous Frenchmen

Three of the century’s most memorable organ-playing talents are celebrated in a limited-edition historic CD reissue collection, a sonorously splendid time-capsule from Philips Classics.

Program Broadcast dates:

  • January 13, 1997

Music played in the program

LÉON BOËLLMANN: Suite GothiquePierre Cochereau, recorded 1968 (1868 Cavaillé-Coll/Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France) Philips 446 729

PIERRE COCHEREAU: Scherzo, from Symphonie en Improvisation. OLIVIER MESSIAEN: Le banquet celestePierre Cochereau, recorded 1963/1972 (1868 Cavaillé-Coll/Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France) Philips 446 642

LOUIS VIERNE: Toccata-Final, from Organ Symphony Number 4 in g, Opus 32 –Pierre Cochereau, recorded 1973 (1868 Cavaillé-Coll/Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France) Philips 446 731

JEAN GUILLOU: Allegro giocoso, from Sinfonietta –Jean Guillou, recorded 1966 (Saint Matthew’s Church, Berlin, Germany) Philips 446 645

THOMAS AUGUSTINE ARNE: Organ Concerto Number 6 in B-flat –Berlin Brandebourgeois Orchestra, René Klopfstein, conductor; Jean Guillou, recorded 1971 (1964 Kleucker/Luther-kirche, Berlin-Schöneberg, Germany) Philips 446 646

JEAN GUILLOU: Icarus, from Visions Cosmiques, dedicated to the Apollo 8 astronauts –Jean Guillou (1989 van den Heuvel/Église Saint-Eustache, Paris, France) recorded 1969, Philips 446 644-2 MARCEL DUPRÉ: Chorale-prelude, In dulci jubiloMarcel Dupré (1890 Cavaillé-Coll/Église Saint-Ouen, Rouen, France) recorded 1965

J.S. BACH: 2 Chorale-preludes: Allein Gott in der Höh’ sei Ehr, S. 662; In dir ist Freude, S. 615 –Marcel Dupré, recorded 1965 (1890 Cavaillé-Coll/Église Saint-Ouen, Rouen, France) Philips 446 647

MARCEL DUPRÉ: Choral et FugueMarcel Dupré, recorded 1965 (1890 Cavaillé-Coll/Église Saint-Ouen, Rouen, France) Philips 446 648

 

Produced with no intention of international distribution, nonetheless these compelling recordings are available to interested collectors through the offices of the Organ Historical Society. Two additional Cochereau volumes from Notre Dame, music of Franck & Vierne, PHS 438 898 & Bach, PHS 446 643, do not appear in our sampler broadcast.