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Jeanne Demessieux - The Decca Legacy

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Jeanne Demessieux - The Decca Legacy
Jeanne Demessieux - The Decca Legacy


From her legendary debut through the succeeding years, Jeanne Demessieux brought virtuosity allied to intellect and sensitivity, and went on to become the glory of the French organ school. This 8-CD celebration of one of the instrument's most spoken-of, yet enigmatic figures, brings together for the first time her complete Decca recordings and a previously unpublished BBC Radio broadcast, and is released to mark the centenary of her birth.

".....the result is an indispensable resource for organ aficionados. Five instruments figure and the intensity of articulation, atmosphere and feeling of this recreation of the grand tradition is overwhelming." The Sunday Times It includes Demessieux's legendary Franck recordings; her recordings from St. Mark's, North Audley Street, London, many released for the first time since the original 78s; little-known recordings of sacred songs with Demessieux accompanying the Belgian soprano, Suzanne Danco; and an improvisation on a submitted theme from the only extant BBC radio broadcast with Demessieux, which also includes Bach, Buxtehude, Widor and Messiaen. The accompanying booklet includes details of Demessieux's unpublished recordings, rare photos and facsimiles of some of her programs, extensive notes, including details of some of the recording sessions; and notes on the instruments and full specifications for each of the five organs. "Jeanne Demessieux is the greatest organist of all generations" MARCEL DUPRE Demessieux's relationship with Decca began in May 1947, just a year after her legendary Paris debut, and this collection of all her commercial recordings spans the whole of her public career. She was one of the first women to achieve stardom in the world of the organ a dimly-lit, often cloistered demi-monde dominated by men throughout its history. Now, a hundred years after her birth, she remains one of the instrument's most spoken-of, yet enigmatic, figures. Few organists have ever achieved such fame. In the middle of the twentieth century she was one of the world's most famous instrumentalists, the undisputed doyenne of organists. 'In the world of the arts, a fairy tale evokes either annoyance or delight. But one must believe it, when the unique and prodigious character happens to be a young lady, 25 years of age, who from the very first moment of her public appearance manifested herself as the irresistible absolute perfection.' LE FIGARO 'You have before you a very great artist, a magnificent mind, a star of the organ, capable of succeeding me. She will be I'm sure of this one of the greatest glories of France.' MARCEL DUPRE 'Next to Jeanne Demessieux we all play the pedals like elephants!' MAURICE DURUFLE


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  2. JS BACH: Toccata And Fugue In D Minor, BWV 565 (Rec. 1947)
  3. FELIX MENDELSSOHN: Sonata In A Major, Op. 65 No. 3 Maestoso
  4. JEREMIAH CLARKE: Trumpet Tune (formally Attrib. Henry Purcell / Trans. Marcel Dupre)
  5. CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR: Toccata (Symphonie V, Op. 42 No. 1)
  6. CESAR FRANCK: Cantabile (Trois Pieces)
  7. Pastorale (Six Pieces)
  8. Fantaisie (Trois Pieces)
  9. JS BACH Prelude And Fugue In D Major, BWV 532
  10. Toccata And Fugue In D Minor, BWV 565 (Rec. 1951)
  11. JS BACH: Toccata, Adagio And Fugue In C Major, BWV 564
  12. Prelude And Fugue In A Minor, BWV 543
  13. Chorale Prelude: Wenn Wir In Hochsten Noten Sein, BWV 641
  14. Chorale Prelude: Nun Komm Der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659
  15. Chorale Prelude: Jesus Christus, Unser Heiland, BWV 688
  16. Fugue In G Major (A La Gigue), BWV 577
  17. Toccata And Fugue In D Minor, BWV 565
  18. Fantasia And Fugue In G Minor, BWV 542
  19. Concerto In A Minor, BWV 593
  20. CESAR FRANCK: Trois Chorals
  21. FRANZ LISZT: Fantasia And Fugue On Ad Nos, As Salutarem Undam
  22. CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR: Variations (Symphonie Gothique, Op. 70)
  23. GEORGE FREDERIC HANDEL: Organ Concerto In G Minor, Op. 4 No. 1, HWV 289
  24. Organ Concerto In B Flat Major, Op. 4 No. 2, HWV 290
  25. HEINRICH SCHUTZ: Eile Mich, Gott, Zu Erretten, SWV 282
  26. JS BACH: Bist Du Bei Mir, BWV 508
  27. Komm, Susser Tod, Komm, Selge Ruh, BWV 478
  28. Warum Betrubst Du Dich, BWV 516
  29. FRANZ LISZT: Prelude And Fugue On B.A.C.H
  30. CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR: Allegro (Symphony No. 6, Op. 42 No. 2)
  31. EDOUARD MIGNAN: Toccata Medievale
  32. JEAN BERVEILLER: Mouvement
  33. JEANNE DEMESSIEUX: Te Deum, Op. 11
  34. JS BACH: Choral Prelude: O Mensch, Bewein Dein Sunde Gross BWV 622
  35. Chorale Prelude: Christ Unser Herr Zum Jordan Kam, BWV 684
  36. Fantasia In G Major, BWV 572
  37. Sinfonia From Cantata No. 29, BWV 29
  38. Chorale-Prelude: Erbarm Dich Mein, O Herre Gott, BWV 721
  39. Toccata And Fugue In F Major, BWV 540
  40. WA MOZART: Adagio And Fugue In C Minor, KV 546 / 426
  41. Fantasia In F Minor, KV 608
  42. CESAR FRANCK: Six Pieces
  43. CESAR FRANCK: Trois Pieces
  44. Trois Chorals
  45. MESSIAEN: Transports De Joie Dune Ame Devant La Gloire Du Christ Qui Est La Sienne
  46. JS BACH: Choral Prelude: Liebster Jesu, Wir Sind Hier, BWV 731
  47. JEAN BERVEILLER: Mouvement
  48. CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR: Toccata (Symphonie V, Op. 42 No. 1)
  49. DIETERICH BUXTEHUDE: Fugue In C Major, BuxWV 174
  50. JS BACH: Choral Prelude: Liebster Jesu, Wir Sind Hier, BWV 731
  51. CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR: Allegro Vivace (Symphonie V, Op. 42 No. 1)
  52. JEANNE DEMESSIEUX: Improvisation On A Theme Submitted By Adrian Beaumont
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