Organ History at Notre Dame #1942
…Olivier Latry joins Michael Barone to reflect on the legacy of performers and composers associated with France’s famous Cathedral.
Filler – TRADITIONAL: Magnificat –Cathedral Choirs & Pierre Cochereau (Solstice FY 019)
Filler – VIERNE: Les cloches de Hinckley, Op. 53, #6 –Olivier Latry (BNL 112742)
Unless indicated otherwise (*), all performances feature the grand orgue of Notre Dame Cathedral, and recordings come from various points in the instrument’s evolution. This main gallery organ originally was built by Alexandre Thierry (1733), significantly expanded by François-Henri Clicquot (1788) and radically revised by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll (1867). The original C-C Barker-lever mechanical action console was replaced by an electric-action console @1963, along with further expansion of the specification at that time. A further modernization of the action (Synaptel), addition of stops, and extensive cleaning of the instrument took place between 1990-2014. The organ now boasts 130 stops and more than 8000 pipes and is the largest in France. The smaller 30-stop chancel/choir organ was made by Robert Boisseau in 1968 within the case of a prior instrument by Merklin from 1863.
Join Michael Barone in Dallas, TX on Sunday, November 17 at 2:30 p.m. for a special Pipedreams Live! event at the Meyerson Symphony Center in support of the Friends of Notre Dame de Paris. This Celebration of Notre-Dame Cathedral features resident soloist Bradley Hunter Welch and guests Shin-Young Lee of Paris and Philippe Lefebvre, one of the three titulaire organists of Notre Dame. Click here for further information about the situation at Notre Dame Cathedral.