The Modern Organist #1745
…a bicentennial reflection upon the art of one of the most popular and powerful Parisian organists of the 19th century, Louis James Alfred Lefébure-Wely (1817-1869).
LEFÉBURE-WELY: Benissons a jamais–Emmanuel Martin & Cécile Bodereau, soprano; Béatrice Duchéne, violin; Guilaine Petit, harp; Le Concert des Dames/Fréderic Bourdin, director; Olivier Perin (1846 Cavaillé-Coll/Orleans Cathedral, France) VXDI 1
LEFÉBURE-WELY: 2 Sacred Songs (Alfn d’etre docile et sage; Mon fils pour apprendre) –Pythagore Vocal Ensemble/Géraldine Toutain, director; Vincent Genvrin (1946 Cavaillé-Coll/La Madeleine, Paris) Hortus 004
LEFÉBURE-WELY: Andante (No. 1) and Sortie (No. 8) in B-flat –Alfred Müller (1977 Schuke-Berlin/St. Matthias Basilica, Trier, Germany) Psallite 60201
A precocious and prolific talent, with more than 200 works in his catalog, Lefébure-Wely was the incarnation of the organ in the Second Empire. Though often later derided for his popular style, Lefébure-Wely nevertheless was “an exceptionally talented dandy who, better than anyone, grasped the musical potential of the new voices and combinations of the evolving Cavaillé-Coll pipe organs to create music that was thrilling, renewing, impressive, and at even times heart-breaking.”