The Dupré Legacy, Part 4 #8651

…archive recordings by Marcel Dupré of music celebrating the Christmas Holiday.

DUPRÉ:  Carillon, Op. 27, no. 4

BACH:  Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter, BWV 650

FRANCK:  Pastorale, Op. 19

WIDOR:  Symphonie Gothique (No. 9), Op. 70 (the 3rd and 4th movements are based on the Christmas chant Puer natus est)

MESSIAEN:  Les Bergers, fr La Nativite du Seigneur

BACH:  2 Orgelbüchlein Chorale-preludes (In Dir ist Freude, BWV 615; Vom Himmel kam der Engel schar, BWV 607)

DUPRÉ:  2 Chorale-preludes (No. 41, In dulci jubilo; No. 74, Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern), fr 79 Chorales, Op. 28 

DUPRÉ:  Variations on a Noël, Op. 20

DUPRÉ (trans. Smith):  Improvisation on Adeste fidelis (played by Rollin Smith)

Dupré’s performances were recorded at St. Sulpice, Paris (1958 and 1959), at St. Ouen, Rouen (1965), and the Dupré villa in Meudon (1934).  These recordings have been variously issued by Mercury and Philips (478 8388), Pathé (C153-16411), and Westminster (XWN-18871).  Rollin Smith’s transcription of Dupré’s 1929 Skinner organ roll was released by the Repertoire Recording Society (RRS-1/2).