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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[1841 Cavaille-Coll organ at the Basilique Saint-Denis, Seine-Saint-Denis, France] [decorative stamp]
1841 Cavaillé-Coll organ at the Basilique Saint-Denis, Seine-Saint-Denis, France

[1868 Cavaille-Coll organ at Cathedrale Notre Dame, Paris, France] [decorative stamp]
1868 Cavaillé-Coll organ at Cathédrale Notre Dame, Paris, France

[1845 Cavaille-Coll organ at Eglise Sainte-Marie-Madeleine (La Madeleine), Paris, France] [decorative stamp]
1845 Cavaillé-Coll organ at Église Sainte-Marie-Madeleine (La Madeleine), Paris, France

[1880 Cavaille-Coll organ at Eglise Saint-Francis de Sales, Lyon, France] [decorative stamp]
1880 Cavaillé-Coll organ at Église Saint-Francis de Sales, Lyon, France

[1868 Cavaille-Coll organ at the Eglise de la Sainte-Trinite, Paris, France] [decorative stamp]
1868 Cavaillé-Coll organ at the Église de la Sainte-Trinité, Paris, France

[1862 Cavaille-Coll organ at Eglise Saint-Sulpice, Paris, France] [decorative stamp]
1862 Cavaillé-Coll organ at Église Saint-Sulpice, Paris, France

Sculptor of Sound

A tribute to the famous French organbuilder Aristide Cavaillé-Coll [1811—1899] whose vision created a new style of instrument and whose generosity encouraged artists who would maximize its potential.

Flash Player Audio Icon 9941 Complete Show 1 hr 28 min

Program Broadcast dates:

  • October 11, 1999

Music played in the program

ALEXANDRE-PIERRE FRANÇOIS BOËLY: Fantasie & Fugue in B-flat, Opus 18 –Pierre Pincemaille (1841 Cavaillé-Coll/Basilique Saint-Denis, France) Solstice CD-116

LOUIS VIERNE: Feux follets, Number 4, from Fantasy Pieces, Opus 53 –Olivier Latry (1868 Cavaillé-Coll/Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France) BNL 112742

LOUIS-JAMES-ALFRED LEFÉBURE-WÉLY: Boléro de concert, Opus 166 –Irmtraud Krüger (1860 Cavaillé-Coll/Cathédrale Saint-Michel, Carcassonne, France) Swiss Pan CD 510 050

LOUIS-JAMES-ALFRED LEFÉBURE-WÉLY: Sacred song, L’encens divin; Offertoire in g –Ensemble Pythagore; Vincent Genvrin (1845 Cavaillé-Coll/Église de la Madeleine, Paris, France) Editions Hortus CD-004

CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR: Praeludium Circulare, from Symphony Number 2 in D, Opus 13, number 2 –Ben van Oosten (1898 Cavaillé-Coll/Church of Santa Maria la Real, Azkoitia, Spain) Dabringhaus und Grimm MDG 316 0401

JACQUES-NICOLAS LEMMENS: Marche Triomphale in D –Jos van der Kooy (1878 Cavaillé-Coll/Sacred Heart Church, Hasselt, Belgium) Rene Gailly CD-88804

ALEXANDRE GUILMANT: Légende et Final Symphonique in d, Opus 71 –Francois Lombard (1855 Cavaillé-Coll/Cathédrale de Saint-Omer, France) Motette CD MOT 11561

FRANZ LISZT: Consolation Number 4 in D-flat –Louis Robilliard (1880 Cavaillé-Coll/Église Saint-François-de-Sales, Lyon, France) Festivo FECD-125

NAJI HAKIM: Canticum –Naji Hakim (1868 Cavaillé-Coll/La Trinité, Paris, France) EMI Classics CDC 72272

CÉSAR FRANCK: Choral Number 1 in E –Daniel Roth (1862 Cavaillé-Coll/Église Saint-Sulpice, Paris, France) Motette CD MOT 11401

Note that a variety of other Cavaillé-Coll organs appear in listings of future programs in coming weeks. An excellent website with details and photos of these instruments, plus many other organs in France, can be found at: Orgues en France. Sources for Cavaillé-Coll himself are found at: Aristide Cavaillé-Coll and Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, facteur d’orgues