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Complete Organ Works

An exquisite and outstanding new release: our edition "Jeanne Demessieux - Complete Organ Works"is now finally available! We are proud to present this box on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Jeanne Demessieux' death in 1968.

It has been a long way from the first ideas and discussions back in 2002 between Stephen Tharp and me until the final result now! We have chosen two outstanding instruments for this project. For the Etudes op.6 it was clear that we needed a big symphonic instrument with electric (or electro-pneumatic) action and 61/32 keys in a good acoustic. The organ of Saint-Martin in Dudelange (L) seemed to me the ideal instrument for this repertoire, with it's symphonic sound and a set of powerful chamades. Whatever you need in terms of registrations for this music, you'll find it in this organ.

Using the Aristide Cavaillé-Coll organ of Saint-Ouen in Rouen for the second SACD was somehow logical: Jeanne Demessieux played this instrument very often and appreciated it a lot. It was here that she premiered her "Répons pour le Temps de Paques".

Finally, it was only in early 2006 that we got copies of the at that time still unpublished compositions! So, we really offer you her complete organ music in one box. And of course, all these recordings were made in 2-channel stereo and 5-channel surround sound.

As the program for disc two (recorded in Rouen) was too long for a standard CD (but not for an SACD), we put the "Répons pour le Temps Liturgiques" on a separate Bonus-CD, which contains in addition a historic recording of her "Poème" op.9 for organ and orchestra, recorded in 1952 by Radio France in the Salle Pleyel, with Jeanne Demessieux herself at the organ (Cavaillé-Coll, 1930) and the Orchestre Radio Symphonique de Paris under Eugène Bigot, a unique document.

Stephen Tharp is an immense musician and one of the leading concert organists of our time. We can't say how happy we are to welcome him here on Aeolus for the first time.

This edition comes in an elegant box with individual full color board sleeves and a 40 pages booklet!