L'orgue français

November 15, 1995 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: November 15, 1995
  • Release Date: November 15, 1995
  • Label: Pierre Verany
  • Copyright: Arion
  • Total Length: 1:11:50
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  • ASIN: B004CTIEVM
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #520,763 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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L'orgue français was recorded on the grand organ, a jewel of the French classical style, at the Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalene in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume (Var) with the titulaire de l'orgue Pierre Bardon at the keyboards. I have put a complete track listing, with composers, at the bottom of this review. See my review of Bardon's D'Aquin - Noëls pour orgue.

Construction on the structure began in 1295 according to a plan by Pierre d'Angicourt and continued in fits and starts for over 200 years with the last bays completed in 1532. It was not dedicated as a basilica until 1776. The organ was built by "brother" Jean-Esprit Isnard with the help of his nephew, Joseph, from 1772 to 1774 and renovated by Pierre Cheron in 1954 and in 1986-1991 by M. Yves Chabourdin.

The basilica was part of a Dominican Monastery which the monks were forced to leave during the French Revolution a few years later. (Legend has it that when the revolutionaries came to the basilica to destroy its furniture, including the organ, the organist of the time, Mr. Forcade, played the revolutionary song "The Marseillaise" and saved the organ from destruction.) After the Revolution, the basilica was restored to religious life as a parish church. A modest budget allowed the organ to be maintained, but not modernized, which resulted, thankfully, in its remarkable preservation. In spite of some minor changes, including the addition of a modern pedalboard, the organ remains a monument of organ-building in late eighteenth-century France. (Originally the "pedal stops" were played from the "Raisonnance" keyboard.
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