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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments


1868 Cavaillé-Coll/Cathédrale Notre Dame, Paris

Organ History at Notre Dame

…Olivier Latry joins Michael Barone to reflect on the legacy of performers and composers associated with France’s famous Cathedral.

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Music played in the program

Hour 1

PIERRE COCHEREAU: Improvised Kyrie –Pierre Cochereau (r. 1977) FYCD 059

CLAUDE BALBASTRE:  Marche des Marseillois et l’Air Ça Ira –Olivier Latry (r. 2013) Naïve 5338

J. S. BACH:  Durch Adam’s fall, BWV 637 –Louis Vierne (r. 1929) EMI 555037

LOUIS VIERNE:  Final, fr Symphony No. 2, Op. 20 –Pierre Cochereau (r. 1955 & 1969) Solstice 177/8 & FYCD 019

JEHAN ALAIN:  Allegro vivace, fr Trois Mouvements –Jocelyn Daubigney, flute; Yves Castagnet (1968 Boisseau choir organ) (r. 1972) French RCA 70172

GREGORIAN CHANT:  Magnificat + Organ Response–Cathedral Choirs/Jehan Revert; Michel Fischer & Pierre Cochereau, organists (r. 1976) FY 019

LEONCE DE SAINT-MARTIN:  Sanctus-Interlude-Benedictus, fr Mass in E –Maitrise de Notre Dame/Jehan Rivert; Pierre Cochereau (r. 1966) Solstice 161

BACH:  Fantasy in g, BWV 542 –Olivier Latry (r. 2019) La Dolce Volta 69

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Hour 2

PIERRE COCHEREAU:  Introduction & Scherzo –Pierre Cochereau (r. 1977) Solstice 059

JEAN-PIERRE LEGUAY:  Communion Improvisation –Jean-Pierre Leguay (r. 1993) Edition Lade 003

VIERNE:  Meditation-Improvisation –Louis Vierne (Notre Dame Cathedral) EMI (r. 1928) EMI 55037

VIERNE:  Clair de lune, fr Pieces de fantasie, Op. 53, no. 5 –Olivier Latry (r. 2013) Naïve 6448

BACH (trans. Duruflé):  Ertöt’ uns durch dein’ Güte, fr BWV 22 –Olivier Latry (r. 2003) DG 474 8162

BACH:  In dir ist Freude, BWV 615 –Louis Vierne (r, 1930) EMI 55037

BACH:  In dir ist Freude, BWV 615 –Olivier Latrh (r. 2019 La Dolce Volta 69

SAINT-MARTIN:  In Memoriam –Brass Ensemble/Armand Birbaum; Pierre Cochereau (r. 1966) Solstice 161

BACH:  Fugue in g, BWV 542 –Olivier Latry (r. 2019) La Dolce Volta 69

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The Cathedral’s main gallery organ originally was built by Alexandre Thierry (1733), significantly expanded by François-Henri Clicquot (1788) and radically revised by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll (1867). The original C-C Barker-lever mechanical action console was replaced by an electric-action console in 1963, along with further expansion of the specification at that time. A further modernization of the action (Synaptel), addition of stops, and extensive cleaning of the instrument took place between 1990-2014. The organ now boasts 130 stops and more than 8000 pipes and is the largest in France. The smaller 30-stop chancel/choir organ was made by Robert Boisseau in 1968 within the case of a prior instrument by Merklin from 1863.

Join Michael Barone in Dallas, TX on Sunday, November 17 at 2:30 p.m. for a special Pipedreams Live! event at the Meyerson Symphony Center. This Celebration of Notre-Dame Cathedral features resident soloist Bradley Hunter Welch and guests Shin-Young Lee of Paris and Philippe Lefebvre, one of the three titulaire organists of Notre Dame.


APOBAContinuing support of PIPEDREAMS is provided in loving memory of Wesley and Lucinda Dudley by their family, with additional support from Walter McCarthy, Clara Ueland, and the Greystone Foundation, by Jan Kirchner on behalf of her family foundation, by the Art and Martha Kaemmer Fund of the HRK Foundation, in celebration of the life of Martha Hulings Kaemmer, and by listener-contributors to this public radio station. Additional support comes from Paul Fritts & Company Organ Builders of Tacoma, WA, and Garland Pipe Organs, Inc. of Fort Worth, TX, members of APOBA, the Associated Pipe Organ Builders of America, a collaborative of designers, creators, and maintainers of pipe organs found in religious and educational institutions, concert halls, and residences throughout the United States and beyond. An APOBA resource guide and member prospectus is available at APOBA.COM.

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