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Cathédrales - from 24 Pièces de Fantaisie Op. 55

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Uploaded by: tf11972 (01/27/19)
Composer: Vierne, Louis
Sample Producer: Forestpipes Virtual Organs
Sample Set: Waldkirchen, St. Peter Und Paul
Software: Hauptwerk
Genre: Romantic
Thomas Fuerstberger plays this piece from the "24 Pièces de Fantaisie" by Louis Vierne. These were published between 1926 and 1927 and consist of 4 suites of 6 pieces each.
"Cathedrales" is the longest piece in the entire collection. It is a vast fresco on the majesty, grandeur and calm serenity of the cathedrals. On an immutable organ background, the main theme appears in all its nobility and power on the pedalboard. A chorale (taken from the theme) responds twice in harmonies with mysterious sequences (F sharp minor, D minor, B flat minor...). The theme then moves to the soprano and the work gradually comes to life with increasingly violent chords. We then return to the mysterious chorale, which introduces measures of imposing stagnation, while pianissimo, but which heralds a monumental release of energy. And indeed, the theme reappears accelerated in a vast stretch; one then passes from black to eighth notes and in an immense crescendo the theme reappears in unison in a triple fortissimo accompanied by a series of trills leading to a climax (on a high point). The mysterious chorale then made its comeback, in contrast. A peaceful conclusion on the soft background of 8 ends in serenity and calm this cathedral sound.
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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