Great European Organs No. 52


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This large, unique, and beautiful Cavaillé-Coll organ of four manuals and 78 ranks is not well known, perhaps because of its rather remote location in the magnificent St. Peter's "chapel" of cathedral proportions and acoustics, built in 1750 at the monastery in Douai in the north of France. Like the organ at Sacre-Coeur in Paris, the Douai organ is "second-hand," having been built for the main hall of the St. Petersburg conservatory in Russia but which never left Paris in the wake of the Russian Revolution and events leading to World War I. So, in 1922, the installation was complete at Douai and Louis Vierne played the first concert. The Cavaillé-Coll organ was installed behind a magnificent 18th-century case which had been moved to St. Peter's in 1792 from the abbey at Anchin. Of more than 50 stops including percussion effects, the organ was pillaged by occupying forces during World War I and destroyed. Like its predecessor, the Cavaillé-Coll also suffered ravages of war, fire, and vandalism in the 20th century, all of which were reversed in a superb restoration completed in the 1980s. This organ was visited by the OHS European Organ Tour in 1998 to the delight of the 35 participants led by Kurt Lueders and Bruce Stevens.Girard Brooks plays works well befitting the organ and its great space. Alexandre-Pierre-François Boëly Fantasy and Fugue in B-flat Andante con moto in G minor Andante con moto in E-flat Toccata in B minor Larghetto in C-sharp minor Fantaisie pour le verset Judex Crederis au Te Deum Alexandre Guilmant Morceau de Concert Achille Philip Lied Adagio and Fugue Claude Debussy Arabesque No. 1 Henri Nibelle Carillon Orléanais

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Height 5.00
Depth 1.00


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