The Genius of Cavaillé-Coll [3 Set]
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The Genius of Cavaillé-Coll celebrates the life and work of Aristide Cavaillé-Coll (1811 - 1899), the great French organ builder whose work inspired the magnificent compositions of the French Romantic Organ School; Franck, Widor, and Guilmant. The centrepiece of this lavish boxed-set is a three-part, 156-minute documentary about Cavaillé-Coll's life and work. Two further DVDs include demonstrations of fifteen organs and more than three hours of music (all recorded in full surround sound). Two CDs feature a survey of French organ music from 1830 to 1900. An 80-page booklet contains specifications and colour photos of all the organs, track details and an introductory essay.
Magnificent --The Sunday Telegraph
A triumph - a fascinating and captivating film of huge scope and ambition. BBC Music Magazine Awards 2014 - Winner DVD Documentary of the year --BBC Music Magazine
This will surely be the standard reference work for decades to come... this glorious box-set is an indispensable purchase. --Gramophone Magazine
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Gerard Brooks shines in his presentations although I found Noel-Hudson a bit of a bore quite frankly, he needs to lighten up and not address his audience as though he is talking to an informed public about things they really can't be expected to know, a minor but irritating caveat.
The very finest chapter is that with Pierre Pincemaille demonstrating the organ of St Denis in a pyrotechnic display of improvisation, managing the somewhat crude console with amazing physical effort, here's someone who really can communicate both musically and orally. There is a wonderful fugue he throws out with a nonchalance that is truly inspiring and his final Sortie has him performing all sorts of gymnastics in his battle against the console. The Priory Cathedral Organ releases are interesting but this DVD trounces them all in terms of production and quality, and you learn so much in the process.
Excellent photography throughout and the soundtrack is suitably impressive. A work of real significance and a fine balance between history, construction, instruments and performances.
Like all of these types of issues it will only be here for a short time so but quickly if you are pondering - it's certainly worth it.