Salle de Concert (Grenzing Pipe Organ), Radio France, Paris France.
Salle de Concert (Grenzing Pipe Organ), Radio France, Paris France.

Good News from Paris #1637

…selections from the inaugural concerts on the new Grenzing pipe organ in the Radio France Auditorium.

Hour 1

J. S. BACH: Passacaglia in c, BWV 582 –Michel Bouvard

LUDWIG van BEETHOVEN: Adagio for Mechanical Clock, WoO 33Jean-Pierre Leguay

CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS: Danse MacabreEls Biesemans & Pieter-Jelle de Boer

IGOR STRAVINSKY: Le sacre du primtemps (selections) –Olivier Latry & Shin-Young Lee

MAURICE DURUFLÉ: Variations on Veni Creator, Op. 4 –David Cassan

TRADITIONAL: Improvisations on Middle-eastern Themes –Aromates Ensemble; Freddy Eichelberger

Hour 2

LOUIS VIERNE: Carillon de Westminster, Op. 54, no. 6 –Guillaume Nussbaum

OLIVIER MESSIAEN: Communion, fr Messe de la PentcoteFrançoie Espinasse

WOLFGANG MOZART: Fantasia in f, K. 608 –Jean-Pierre Leguay

JEHAN ALAIN: Intermezzo; LitaniesGuillaume Nussbaum

CASSAN & NUSSBAUM: Improvisation (4-hands) –David Cassan & Guillaume Nussbaum

This remarkable instrument (4 manuals, 87 stops), commissioned in 2009 and visited by the PIPEDREAMS tour group while under construction at the Grenzing shop in 2010, was completed and installed in 2015 only after considerable delays in the completion of the hall itself. Presented to the public to great acclaim May 7-9, 2016, these inaugural concerts were made available for American broadcast by EuroRadio in conjunction with Radio France.

Find more details about the new organ online:

Also explore photos, an audio-video documentary, and performances on the instrument while still in the
Grenzing workshop in Barcelona:

Check out the previous ORTF Danion-Gonzalez organ, which the Grenzing replaced:

Paris now has two new concert organs, the othera a dramatic 91-stop Rieger instrument inaugurated February 6,
2016 at the Philharmonie de Paris: