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Tournemire:L'orgue Mystique 55 Box set

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  • Audio CD (5 April 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Accord
  • ASIN: B00004VMFS
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,257,977 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JG Carillonneur on 19 Jun 2009
To my personal taste, the chants used, and the resulting pieces, are more immediately appealing and tuneful in the Christmas series than you encounter in most of the later sets from Tournemire's "l'Orgue mystique." It's truly lovely, and so is the gorgeous but rather under-recorded organ of Orleans Cathedral. If you want to "get your feet wet" with this music without plunging and buying all 12 CDs (which later were issued all in one package), this is the set I would recommend.

Here's the rest of the commentary, which you will find duplicated under another volume of the set:
Georges Delvallee has been performing and recording organ music of Charles Tournemire for decades. He is also a concert-level pianist, and he has recorded some other organ literature, though it's fair to say that he has a special affinity for Tournemire. (He has also recorded piano music of Tournemire and of Louis Vierne - also known mostly as an organist but a fine composer in general.)

"l'Orgue mystique" is an enormous collection - approximately 250 pieces - written as litgical music based on plainchants appropriate to each Sunday of the year. Delvallee recorded some selections from that set on several CDs on the Arion label (which you can probably still acquire if you work at it), but some of those are recorded on organs that have been considerably altered ("modernized") to more of a "neo-classic" style (Rennes Cathedral, Sainte-Clothilde in Paris). This music is somewhat an "acquired taste" - some of the pieces are lovely at first hearing - but others take more getting used to. There is more emphasis on atmosphere and mysticism than on excitement, generally speaking. (This is in contrast to the few improvisations Tournemire recorded - which are breathtaking!
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