The fire-damaged Notre Dame Cathedral
The fire-damaged Notre Dame Cathedral

A Tribute to Notre Dame Cathedral #2015

…selections from a recent Pipedreams Live! event at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, TX.

Hour 1

OLIVIER MESSIAENTransports de joie, fr L’AscensionBradley Hunter Welch

J. S. BACH (trans. Messerer):  Chaconne in d, BWV 1004Shin-Young Lee

PHILIPPE LEFEBVRE:  Improvisation on Salve ReginaPhilippe Lefebvre

Filler – BACH: Wo soll ich fliehen hin (Bradley Hunter Welch)

Hour 2

CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS: The Swan & Aquarium, fr Carnival of the Animals.  LOUIS VIERNECarillon de Westminster, Op. 54, no. 6Shin-Young Lee

JOEL MARTINSONAria on a ChaconneSAINT-SAËNSFinale,fr Symphony No. 3, Op. 78Bradley Hunter Welch

CESAR FRANCK:  Choral No. 2 in b.  PIERRE COCHEREAUBoléro for Organ and PercussionGeorge Nickson & Daniel Florio, percussion; Philippe Lefebvre, organ

Filler – MESSIAEN: Outburst of Joy (Welch)

You can listen here to additional performances from this concert featuring Bradley Hunter Welch in three of Bach's Schübler chorale-preludes (Wo soll ich fliehen hin, BWV 646; Meine Seele erhebt den Herren, BWV 648; Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter, BWV 650).

This program, a presentation of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Dallas Chapter of the American Guild of Organists on November 17, 2019, celebrated the musical tradition of France's world famous church while lamenting the devastating fire of April 15, 2019. Though that has interrupted the Cathedral's grand musical tradition, we remain with ardent hopes for its continuation before too many years have passed. Click here should you wish and be able to contribute to the building's restoration.

For relevant comments from another of the Cathedral's principal organists, Olivier Latry, as well as sounds of the actual Notre Dame organ, some examples recorded just a few months before the April 15, 2019 fire, check out this archive program, "Organ History at Notre Dame" (#1942).