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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[Jehan Alain in 1938][decorative stamp]
Jehan Alain in 1938

[1992 Jaeckel organ at Pilgrim Congregational Church, Duluth, Minnesota][decorative stamp]
1992 Jaeckel organ at Pilgrim Congregational Church, Duluth, Minnesota

[1995 Marcussen organ at Tonbridge School chapel, Kent, England, UK][decorative stamp]
1995 Marcussen organ at Tonbridge School chapel, Kent, England, UK

[1940 Albert Alain organ at Romainmotier Organ Academy, Switzerland][decorative stamp]
1940 Albert Alain organ at Romainmôtier Organ Academy, Switzerland

[1890 Cavaille-Coll organ at the Church of Saint Ouen, Rouen, France][decorative stamp]
1890 Cavaillé-Coll organ at the Church of Saint Ouen, Rouen, France

[1894 Cavaille-Coll organ at the Church of Saint Antoine, Paris, France][decorative stamp]
1894 Cavaillé-Coll organ at the Church of Saint Antoine, Paris, France

Jehan Alain, a Centenary Tribute

…though he did not live to be thirty, in the hundred years since his birth, Alain’s remarkable and original works have achieved world-renown.

Audio Complete Show 1 hr 58 Min

Audio 1106 Hour 1 59:00 Min

Audio 1106 Hour 2 59:00 Min

Program Broadcast dates:

  • Week of February 07, 2011

Links and Resources:

Music played in the program

Hour 1

JEHAN ALAIN: Litanies [1937] –Marie-Claire Alain (1752 Valtrin; 1848 Callinet; 1971 Schwenkedel/Basilique Saint-Christophe, Belfort, France) Erato ECD-88194

JEHAN ALAIN: Ballade in Phrygian Mode [1930]; Phrygian Chorale [1935] –Kevin Bowyer (1995 Marcussen/St. Augustine Chapel, Tonbridge School, Kent, England, UK) Nimbus NI 5551/2

JEHAN ALAIN: Fantasy Number 1 [1933]
Yves Rechsteiner (Alain Family organ/Maison de la Dime, Romainmotier, Switzerland) Gallo 850
Marie-Claire Alain (1899 Ghys; 1988 Cicchero/Basilique Saint-Ferjeux, Besançon, France) Erato ECD-80214

JEHAN ALAIN: Intermezzo [1935]
Philippe Hanon, bassoon; Patrick Cohen & Alain Jacquon, piano, original version Arion ARN68447
Christophe Mantoux (1890 Cavaillé-Coll/Église Saint-Ouen, Rouen, France) Motette CD MOT 13651

JEHAN ALAIN: Aria for Flute and Organ [1938] –Cheryl Gobbetti Hoffman, flute; Bruce Neswick (1988 Wilhelm/St. Alban School Chapel, Washington, DC) Raven OAR-840

JEHAN ALAIN: 3 Movements for Violin and Organ [1934] –Clara Bonaldi, violin; Georges Guillard (1879 Merklin; 1985 Xavier Silbermann/Chapelle du couvent des Dominicains, Paris, France) Arion ARN68148

JEHAN ALAIN: Chorale Variations, Sacris solemnis [1933]; St. Nicholas March [1938] –Camerata Saint-Louis, Georges Guillard, conductor; Gerard Boulanger, Jean-Luc Ramecourt, trumpets; Isabelle Gascuel-Villevielle, percussion; Etienne Baillot (1967 Gonzalez/Salle Messiaen, ORTF Studios, Paris, France) Arion ARN68321

JEHAN ALAIN: Priere pour nous-autres charnels [1938] –Sequenza 9.3 Vocal Ensemble, Catherine Simonpietri, conductor; Marie-Claire Alain (1903 Mutin/Saint-Germain en Laye, France) Sisyphe 004

Filler –Ballade in Phrygian Mode (see above)

Hour 2

JEHAN ALAIN: Lamento [1930] –Philippe Hanon, bassoon; Georges Guillard (1967 Gonzalez/Salle Messiaen, ORTF Studios, Paris, France) Arion ARN68447

JEHAN ALAIN: Prelude [1935] –Désiré N’Kaoua, piano. Solstice CD-027

JEHAN ALAIN: Prelude & Fugue [1935] –Guy Bovet (Alain Family organ/Maison de la Dime, Romainmotier, Switzerland) Gallo CD-851

JEHAN ALAIN: Sarabande for Organ, Strings and Timpani [1938] –Bamberg Symphony, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, conductor; Marie-Claire Alain (1993 Jann/Bamberg Concert Hall, Germany) Erato ECD-69708

JEHAN ALAIN: Trois Danses [1940]
JoiesJames Higdon (1992 Jaeckel/Pilgrim Congregational, Duluth, MN) RBWCD-005
Deuills/MourningÉric Lebrun (1894 Cavaillé-Coll/Église Saint-Antoine des Quinze-Vingts, Paris, France) Naxos 8.553633
Luttes/Struggles Wolfgang Rübsam (1970 Rieger/Marienstatt Abbey, Germany) Bayer BR100 198/9

JEHAN ALAIN: Ave Maria [1937] –Delphine Collot, soprano; Georges Guillard (1879 Merklin; 1985 Xavier Silbermann/Chapelle du couvent des Dominicains, Paris, France) Arion ARN68148

Filler –Lamento (see above)

 

We also encourage you to listen to two programs from the Pipedreams Archive featuring commentary by Jehan Alain’s sister, Marie-Claire Alain, the universally acclaimed recitalist, recording artist and teacher, through whose determined artistry her brother’s composition have become universally known…Alain on Alain (Part 1) devoted to the Alain family and the particular accomplishments of Marie-Claire Alain; and Alain On Alain (Part 2) featuring more of the works of Jehan Alain [February 3, 1911-June 20, 1940]