Colours of the Collégiale – David Hirst plays the organs of Notre-Dame de Mantes-la-Jolie

The remarkable tonal palette of the two organs of Notre-Dame de Mantes-la-Jolie is captured in this new recording of popular organ works.  The symphonic richness of the 1897 Merklin organ is contrasted with the clarity and presence of the 2013 Cogez.  The sound of both instruments playing simultaneously in the resonant acoustics is reproduced here for the first time on CD.  The sumptuous full-colour booklet in English and French includes notes on the music, information on the organs and photos of the stunning building.

1
Final from 1st Organ Symphony, Op. 14
Composed by Louis Vierne (Merklin organ)
2
Prelude, Fugue & Variation, Op. 18
Composed by César Franck (Merklin organ)
3
Toccata in B minor (from Dix Pièces)
Composed by Eugène Gigout (Merklin organ)
4
Concerto in A minor, Op. 3 No. 8 (1st movement)
Composed by Antonio Vivaldi, transcription by Bach (Cogez organ)
5
Concerto in A minor, Op. 3 No. 8 (2nd movement)
Composed by Antonio Vivaldi, transcription by Bach (Cogez organ)
6
Concerto in A minor, Op. 3 No. 8 (3rd movement)
Composed by Antonio Vivaldi, transcription by Bach (Cogez organ)
7
'Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland', BWV 659
Composed by J. S. Bach (Cogez organ)
8
Voluntary in E minor, Op. 7 No. 7
Composed by John Stanley (Cogez organ)
9
Chorale-Improvisation on 'Victimae Paschali'
Composed by Charles Tournemire, transcribed by Duruflé (Merklin organ)
10
'Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele', Op. 65 No. 5
Composed by Sigfrid Karg-Elert (Merklin organ)
11
Suite Gothique, Op. 25 (Introduction-Choral)
Composed by Léon Boëllmann (Merklin organ)
12
Suite Gothique, Op. 25 (Menuet gothique)
Composed by Léon Boëllmann (Merklin organ)
13
Suite Gothique, Op. 25 (Prière à Notre-Dame)
Composed by Léon Boëllmann (Merklin organ)
14
Suite Gothique, Op. 25 (Toccata)
Composed by Léon Boëllmann (Merklin organ)

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