Fugue sur le thème du Carillon de Soissons
The organ music of Maurice Duruflé is still very popular among organ music lovers, here in a very recent recording by a young virtuoso on a fabulous new instrument.
When the new organ of the Deanery Church of Diekirch in Luxembourg was inaugurated in May 2016, the audience was highly impressed by this instrument made by "Manufacture d'Orgues Thomas" from Stavelot (Ardennes, Belgium), known for their excellent instruments in Flemish Baroque style and their exemplary restorations of predominantly baroque organs. For the first time they had built a purely symphonic instrument that impresses with its majestic reed sound, its dynamic swell and its poetic solo stops. The concept of this instrument goes back to it's titular organist Maurice Clement, who recorded for Aeolus the first CD of the organ, the album "Confluences". Incidentally, for the construction of this organ it was possible to reuse about 20 ranks of historic pipework from a Dalstein & Haerpfer organ from 1870. Aeolus has now already recorded the second album on this organ with the present complete recording of all organ works by Maurice Duruflé. It was an absolute concern for the young Belgian organist Stéphane Mottoul to record the complete oeuvre of Duruflé for his first CD and for this music the new instrument in the wonderful acoustics of the St. Laurentius church in Diekirch is perfectly suited! Stéphane Mottoul proves to be a virtuoso who knows how to play this often-performed music with a sure sense of style. A worthwhile alternative to the already existing recordings on the market, especially since the instrument is worth being discovered!
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Stéphane Mottoul’s imaginative choice of registrations ideally showcases both the music and the instrument.