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Three Centuries of Organ Music at Notre Dame de Paris

Olivier Latry , Sejean , Daquin , Charpentier , Vierne , et al. Audio CD
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  • Composer: Sejean, Daquin, Charpentier, Vierne, Lequay, et al.
  • Audio CD (29 April 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nave
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,029 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Noel Suisse
2. Piece D'orgue
3. Noel, Grand Jeu Et Duo
4. Marche Des Marseillais Et L'air Ca Ira
5. Noels En Tambourin
6. Final
7. Clair De Lune
8. Feux Follets
9. Carillon De Westminster
10. Prelude 9
11. Prelude 6
12. Prelude 7
13. Bolero Sur Un Theme De Charles Racquet - Various Performers
14. Improvisation

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We are treated to the entire dynamic range of the organ, from its rousing march-like theme to the most delicate of variations... This programme is a fine souvenir of one of the world s greatest organs played by one of today s best organists. The programme is both satisfying in its own right as well as an invitation to explore further, and with a very fine recording it s also a sonic treat. --Dominy Clements, musicweb-international.com August 2013

INSTRUMENTAL CHOICE Perf (5/5) ***** Rec (5/5) ***** This is great fun...The instrument s full range of colour can be heard in Jean-Pierre Leguay s three Preludes and Cochereau s droll Bolero... Latry s playing is of course of the highest standard throughout, and the recording is detailed yet natural. --Christopher Dingle, BBC Music Magazine September 2013

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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant, imaginative organ recital 20 Dec 2013
By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER
This survey of organ music from three centuries written by organist-composers at Notre-Dame could hardly be more exciting or splendid. It takes you from the more modest scale of the Noels of the 18th century, all of great charm and wondrous sound, to the superb grandeur of Cochereau's Improvisation in the form of a bolero, complete with percussion, and Olivier Latry's own fantastic improvisation at the end. In between come the Final from Guilmant's 1st Symphony and over 20 minutes of Vierne, a personal favourite for me, described by Latry as "surely one of the most endearing musicians to have played at Notre Dame". Needless to say, Latry's advocacy of all his predecessors is absolutely stunning, the juxtapositions inspired. What an exciting range of sounds this instrument possesses, particularly since the restoration by Cavaille-Coll, first exploited some time after, when Vierne took up the position of organiste titulaire. His works here sound quite amazing, representing perhaps the highest point of glory in the organ's history, as implied by its focus here. The Cochereau is fairly awe-inspiring in its inexorable build-up and visionary harmonies. The rhythm is the same as Ravel's famous example, but this one sounds a lot less safe, and pushes at the boundary of the apocalyptic in sound. Interestingly it then pulls back from this to a reflective, piano conclusion that is most effective. Latry's own work has all the excitement of Stravinsky - edgy, stark, thrilling, it guarantees that the audience end the recital on the edge of their knife-board! Latry's note is an inspiring tribute to the organists who have preceeded him and the beautiful instrument they have all written for in such uplifting ways.
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This is a must-buy!! There are the most luscious sounds, ranging from quiet and fluty to ear-blasting (the en-chamade trumpets). Everything is played/presented with the most engaging and accomplished performance from the great master Olivier Latry. If it were possible to wear out a CD by playing too much (as in the old days of vinyl) then my copy would have been worn out! I recommend every track for interest - and of course, the final track is an improvisation in the tradition at Notre-Dame. Recording quality throughout is exemplory.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best, but by no means bad 9 Aug 2013
By ECorganist - Published on Amazon.com
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My primary complaint about this is the program. It does not feel very cohesive to me, or very moving, taken as a whole. However, the playing is top-notch (what else can one expect from Oliver Latry?). I got it to add recordings from Notre-Dame to my collection, and it does just that. So overall it's good.
4.0 out of 5 stars Get it for the Improv! 8 Dec 2013
By James D. Held - Published on Amazon.com
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I read the Amazon reviews before buying this album and bought it anyway. Why? I love Olivier Latry and had just heard him live for the first time. And, I like the music, which I have most of on other discs. The French organ noels are simply delightful, an essential part of my Christmas listening every year. This album is a historical overview and as such, I think it gives a good review of short, but essential pieces played through 300 years a this legendary cathedral on an organ that is also legendary and recently restored. And it concludes with a superb improvisation by Latry--worth the whole album in my opinion!
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