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Complete Organ Works Demessieux

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Complete Organ Works
Jeanne Demessieux(1921-1968)
Stephen Tharp, organ
Eglise Saint-Martin, Dudelange
Abbatiale Saint-Ouen, Rouen
3 CD Set - 2 SACDs which will play on standard CD players

An exquisite and outstanding new release: Aeolus's edition "Jeanne Demessieux - Complete Organ Works" JAV is proud to distribute this box set of 3 CDs in the United States.

It has been a long way from the first ideas and discussions back in 2002 between Stephen Tharp and Christoph Frommen at Aelous until the final result now! Two outstanding instruments were chosen for this project. For the Etudes op.6 it was clear that a big symphonic instrument with electric (or electro-pneumatic) action and 61/32 keys in a good acoustic was needed. The organ of Saint-Martin in Dudelange seemed an ideal instrument for this repertoire, with it's symphonic sound and a set of powerful chamades. Whatever you need in terms of registrations for this music, you'll find it in this organ. Using the Aristide Cavaille-Coll organ of Saint-Ouen in Rouen for the second SACD was somehow logical: Jeanne Demessieux played this instrument very often and appreciated it a lot. It was here that she premiered her "Repons pour le Temps de Paques".

Finally, it was only in early 2006 that Stephen got copies of the at that time still unpublished compositions! So, we really offer you her complete organ music in one box. And of course, all these recordings were made in 2-channel stereo and 5-channel surround sound.

As the program for disc two (recorded in Rouen) was too long for a standard CD (but not for an SACD),"Repons pour le Temps Liturgiques" was put on a separate Bonus-CD, which contains in addition a historic recording of her "Poeme" op.9 for organ and orchestra, recorded in 1952 by Radio France in the Salle Pleyel, with Jeanne Demessieux herself at the organ (Cavaille-Coll, 1930) and the Orchestre Radio Symphonique de Paris under Eugene Bigot, a unique document. Stephen Tharp is an immense musician and one of the leading concert organists of our time.

Podcast with Stephen Tharp on Jeanne Demessieux now online

The american organist and concert virtuoso Stephen Tharp speaks about his first encounters with Jeanne Demessieux' music, his recording of her complete organ works on Aeolus and some experiences of a concert artist travelling between America and Europe

Click here to listen to the podcast with Stephen Tharp on Jeanne Demessieux

Track List of the 3 CD boxed set Te Deum [op.11]
Prelude et Fugue C major [op.13]
Pointes (Six Etudes) [op.5]
Tierces (Six Etudes) [op.5]
Sixtes (Six Etudes) [op.5]
Accords alternes (Six Etudes) [op.5]
Notes repetees (Six Etudes) [op.5]
Octaves (Six Etudes) [op.5]
La Nativite [op.4]Click for sound clip
Rorate (Twelve Choral Preludes) F major [op.8]
Adeste fideles (Twelve Choral Preludes) G major [op.8]
Attende Domine (Twelve Choral Preludes) D major [op.8]
Stabat Mater (Twelve Choral Preludes) F major [op.8]
Vexilla Regis (Twelve Choral Preludes) E minor [op.8]
Hosanna Filio David (Twelve Choral Preludes) E flat major [op.8]
O Filii (Twelve Choral Preludes) G minor [op.8]
Veni Creator (Twelve Choral Preludes) B flat major [op.8]
Ubi Caritas (Twelve Choral Preludes) C major [op.8]
In Manus tuas (Twelve Choral Preludes) G major [op.8]
Tu es Petrus (Twelve Choral Preludes) D minor [op.8]
Domine Jesu (Twelve Choral Preludes) G minor [op.8]
Veni Sancte Spiritus (Sept Meditations sur le Saint-Esprit) [op.6]
Les Eaux (Sept Meditations sur le Saint-Esprit) [op.6]
Pentecote (Sept Meditations sur le Saint-Esprit) [op.6]
Dogme (Sept Meditations sur le Saint-Esprit) [op.6]
Consolateur (Sept Meditations sur le Saint-Esprit) [op.6]
Paix (Sept Meditations sur le Saint-Esprit) [op.6]
Lumiere (Sept Meditations sur le Saint-Esprit) [op.6]
Prelude (Triptyque) [op.7]
Adagio (Triptyque) [op.7]
Fugue (Triptyque) [op.7]
Andante A minor
Repons pour le temps de l'avent: Consolamini
Repons pour le temps de Paques
Repons pour le temps du Saint-Sacrement: Lauda Sion (I)
Repons pour le temps du Saint-Sacrement: Lauda Sion (II)
Repons pour le temps du Tres-Saint-Rosaire: Ave Maria
Poeme pour orgue et orchestre [op.9]

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