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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 13 April 2014
As Gerard Brooks says in his highly informative note, you can't find a more exciting organ sound than this instrument at St. Ouen in Rouen; it really is one of Cavaillé-Coll's finest, and has been used in a number of superb recordings. Here the repertoire is sensational, and its inimitable breadth of sound and texture give a majestic substance to all the pieces. The Boëllmann Suite Gothique has never sounded better, surely, from the imposing Introduction given in a superbly full registration, while the Prière à Notre-Dame has a touching simplicity. Many of the pieces are quite fast, with a toccata-like aspect, and brilliantly performed in every case. The reverberation of the building is a perfect backcloth to the timbre they need to be most effective. It would be hard to imagine more splendid Toccatas than those by Gigout and Vierne, yet they are of quite different character. The Vierne is placed between two Carillons he wrote in different sets of pieces, so their juxtaposition here is telling. Two movements by Widor and Guilmant round off the proceedings with style; before this come two rarer items of stunning beauty and elan by the not very well known Henri Mulet, who seems to have been for the organ what Duparc was for the voice. There are also pieces by Dubois, Bonnet and the 19th century Belgian virtuoso Jacques-Nicolas Lemmens, who was a direct inspiration on Cavaillé-Coll, so we certainly should be grateful to him ... His piece here is a very buoyant number called 'Fanfare'.
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on 3 March 2016
Very strong CD-album. Perfect playing and sound-quality, good selection of powerful stuff. Good CD to test your neighbours patience when playing out loud, but also to test the built-quality of your house and windows. But no disrespect: this album delivers what it promises. Be warned: not for the faint-hearted, listening to this wonderful CD while playing a high volume and heavy bass is challenging. I see this CD both in the collection of real organ collectors but also in the music collection of people into various alternative music types, as the music sometimes even seems to go psychedelic. Well, to cut it all short: hearing is believing! So buy this album, even if organ music is not usually your thing.
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on 27 April 2012
I attend lunchtime recitals in Truro Cathedral every Friday from March to October- we have a wonderful 'Father Willis' organ!
I was looking for a recording of Boellmann's "Suite Gothique" &, wow, have I found one!! Every piece is played superbly, the sound quality is excellent & the Rouen organ is a beauty. I thoroughly commend this recording as a welcome addition to any collection. Thank you Amazon!

David James
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on 19 June 2010
All in all a spectacular CD, it shows off the St Ouen organ in all it's famous glory. a few more quieter pieces would have shown off its more delicate colours. Still 5 star
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on 28 July 2015
Superb sound and performance. The playing is full of vitality and the player shows consummate keyboard skills. This is french music on french instruments that influence this school of music and it shows. Mr Brooks brings a deeper insight into these pieces than many a french performer and the result is a new and refreshing take on otherwise ordinary performances we so often hear.
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on 20 March 2016
There are five main things to consider when purchasing a recording. The performer, the instrument, the building and acoustics, the composer(s) and the composition(s).
This CD scores top marks plus bonus points for all the above yet the price is more than reasonable.
I would certainly recommend it !
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on 28 August 2013
Turn the bass up for the ending of the Dubois toccata - what a rumble!
All played superbly. A great organ. Agreat recording.
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on 22 April 2013
This CD formed a very pleasant surprise - fine Gothic pieces, with a distinctly Hammer horror film feel on occasion. Possibly somewhat cheesy if you're not into that sort of thing, but wonderful if you are.
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on 27 April 2014
I bought three organ CDs at the same time, and this is clearly the worst of all. While the playing is no doubt incredibly skilled, the recording quality is terrible. Whoever 'engineered' this CD either made a mistake on the day, did not have the right equipment to deal with the vast wall of sound from the organ, or put the microphones in the wrong place. Either that, or it is simply impossible to get a good recording in St Ouen! Every track is loud, very loud, and/or swamped in a mush of reverb. It rapidly becomes very tiring and unpleasant to listen to. Avoid this CD and instead buy 'Romantic Organ Works' by Peter Hurford (Decca double CD), which seems to be played more accurately, captures the full dynamic range perfectly, and is a proper hi-fi recording.
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on 7 August 2015
Unbelievable rendition of Widor 5th, heard it on radio 3 and tracked cd down, worth the search.
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