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5.0 out of 5 stars Ultra-traditional, ultra-modern, 26 Feb. 2006
This review is from: Tournemire - L'Orgue Mystique (Audio CD)
At only a fiver a disc this is superb value, and given the esoteric appeal of this music this edition is unlikely to remain available for long. So if you are in any doubt, do not delay - buy it.
This is music that you can return to again and again, even if you are not a Catholic. And don't be put off by the overall length - each 'office' is a self-contained musical unit lasting from 15-20 minutes and itself subdivided into 5 sections; 2 very short pieces, 2 rather longer ones and an extended final piece. Each office contains within it a wealth of musical interest and colour, from chaste and perfectly judged settings of the gregorian theme on the shorter pieces, to glorious improvisations and fantasies in the longer.
The style is an exciting amalgam of the post-romantic with more modern, dissonant harmonies, with admixtures of the medieval and even Eastern music. Delvallee is probably the foremost exponent of Tournemire's organ music; I have some doubts about some of the tempos he uses (too slow) but generally he brings out the poetry of the music admirably. The discs are well recorded and the instruments chosen sympathetic.
Obviously no one will buy a 12 CD set without knowing something of Tournemire's music (I would recommend Adrian Gunning's marvellous selection from L'Orgue Mystique as an introduction). The only question for a Tournemire fan will be; do I buy this edition or that by Sandro Muller on Cybele. Unfortunately I have not heard the latter so I can't help you there.
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