Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments
1891; 1924; 1991 Casavant Frères organ at Basilique de Notre-Dame, Montréal, Québec, Canada
1915; 1996 Casavant Frères at Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Montréal, Québec, Canada
1961 Beckerath organ at Église Immaculee Conception, Montréal, Québec, Canada
…highlight performances from Montréal by winners of the 2008 Concours International d’Orgue du Canada, with commentary from CIOC artistic director John Grew.
CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR: Allegro, 1st movement from Symphony Number 6 in g, Opus 42, number 2 –Frédéric Champion, winner 1st Prize and Audience Prize (1915; 1996 Casavant Frères/Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Montréal, Québec, Canada)
LOUIS VIERNE: Final, from Organ Symphony Number 3 in f#, Opus 28. GASTON LITAIZE: Lied, from Douze Pieces –Jens Korndörfer, winner 3rd Prize (1915; 1996 Casavant Frères/Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Montréal, Québec, Canada)
Performances for the first hour were recorded on historic organs in Montréal at the Basilique Notre-Dame with its 1891; 1924; 1991 Casavant Frères and at the Church of Saint John the Baptist with its 1915; 1996 Casavant Frères.
Filler –LOUIS VIERNE (see above)
FRANZ TUNDER: Chorale-fantasy, Komm, heiliger Geist, Herre Gott. J.S. BACH: Trio, Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, BWV 664. J.S. BACH: Prelude & Fugue in G, BWV 550 –Els Biesemans, winner Bach Prize (1961 Beckerath/Église Immaculée-Conception, Montréal, Québec, Canada)
OLIVIER MESSIAEN: Le mystere de la Sainte Trinité, from Les corps glorieux. SIGFRID KARG-ELERT: Resonet in laudibus, from Cathedral Windows, Opus 106 –Andrew Dewar, winner 2nd Prize and Messiaen Prize (1915; 1996 Casavant Frères/Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Montréal, Québec, Canada)
Filler –J.S. BACH BWV 664 (see above)
In its inaugural season, the triennial Canadian International Organ Competition welcomed an international slate of 15 semi-finalists to Montréal for a week of music making. Under the artistic leadership of John Grew, the panel of judges…which included Marie-Claire Alain, Gilles Cantagrel, James David Christie, Hans-Ola Ericsson, James Higdon, Tong-Soon Kwak, Mireille Lagacé, Ludger Lohman and Dame Gillian Weir…awarded $72,000 in prizes. Thanks to the CBC, Radio Canada, and McGill University Audio Services for providing recordings. Watch for details of the next Canadian Concours, October 5-16, 2011!
Recordings by several of the competition prizewinners are available:
Frédéric Champion - ATMA Classique 22604
Andrew Dewar - Edition Hera 2118
Els Biesemans - Etcetera 1299