Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments
1692 Arp Schnitger organ at Martinikerk, Groningen, The Netherlands
Alain Family organ at Romainmôtier Organ Academy, Switzerland
1963 Marcussen organ at Sankt-Petri-Dom, Schleswig, Germany
1714 Silbermann organ at Dom Saint Marie, Freiberg, Germany
1862 Cavaillé-Coll organ at Saint Sulpice, Paris, France
1885 Cavaillé-Coll organ at Saint Etienne, Caen, France
…the famous French recitalist, recording artist and teacher Marie-Claire Alain talks about her life and shares her music.
With more than 200 albums to her credit, she is synonymous with the art of French organ music today. On our next Pipedreams program, Marie-Claire Alain talks about her family’s history, including the time when her organist father built an instrument for their home, upon which her older brother composed some of the foremost works of the 20th century. Meanwhile, this little black sheep of the talented Alain family grew up to be a famous teacher and recitalist who helped popularize the French Classics, and has recorded the complete works of Bach three times.
Marie-Claire Alain talks and plays from the heart. She is a vital force in broadening the French musical perspective. Daughter and sister, teacher and recitalist, she has lived a life with and for music. Hear her story Alain on Alain this week on Pipedreams.
•February 12, 2001 as Show #0107
•July 9, 2007 as Show #0728
Listen to audio excerpts of an interview Michael conducted with Marie-Claire
Filler –CLAUDE BALBASTRE: Noel, Votre bonte, Grand Dieu, Erato ECD-10703; see above
With more than 200 albums to her credit, ranging from the French Baroque to Messiaen and including three cycles of the complete works of Bach, Marie-Claire Alain stands as one of the best known, and best loved among today’s organists. A second program, devoted to the compositions of Madame Alain’s older brother, Jehan Alain, will be broadcast next week.