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Charles Tournemire: Trinitas / Vincent Boucher, organ

Audio Samples

>Tournemire, Charles : Triple Choral, for organ, Op. 41
>Tournemire, Charles : Postludes libres pour des Antiennes de Magnificat, for organ or harmonium, Op. 68
>Tournemire, Charles : L 'Orgue mystique, Op. 57
>     Prélude à l'Introït
>     Offertoire
>     Élévation
>     Communion
>     Triptyque
>     Prélude à l'Introït
>     Offertoire
>     Élévation
>     Communion
>     Choral Alleluiatique no 2

Album Summary

>Tournemire, Charles : Triple Choral, for organ, Op. 41
>Tournemire, Charles : Postludes libres pour des Antiennes de Magnificat, for organ or harmonium, Op. 68
>Tournemire, Charles : L 'Orgue mystique, Op. 57
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Canadian organist Vincent Boucher continues his cycle of the organ music of Charles Tournemire (1870-1939) with volume 3 devoted to Triple choral op. 4. This work is crucial to understanding and appreciating not only Tournemire's work, but French symphonic organ music of the early 20th century. "To undertake this recording project is to face an unsuspected and gigantic quantity of music: 253 pieces of L'Orgue mystique, the symphonies, the poems, the collections... It is also to find oneself in the presence of music that is innovative, mystical and poetic," says Vincent Boucher.

American Record Guide, July / August 2012
The entire program sounds perfectly suited for the large Casavant heard here. Boucher plays these pieces as though he has done so all his life. I mentioned in an earlier review (S/O 2007) that Boucher's playing lacked personality, but after hearing the present recording I understand that personality is beside the point. The music simply flows, and one shouldn't expect a flamboyant interpretation.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Montréal, Quebec, Canada (10/2008).



Reviews

Fascinating French organ music
This recording begins with Tournemire’s Triple Choral, Op. 41, which was written to be a sonic symbol of the Holy Trinity. The informative liner notes discuss the importance of the piece in Tournemire’s compositional growth, and provide insight into parts of this work. This is one of those pieces that could only have been written for organ, as Mr. Boucher so aptly demonstrates as he evokes marvelous choral-like passages from the instrument, and this interpretation is definitely worth hearing. It is clear the influence that Cesar Franck had on Tournemire, as it is quite visible in the music here.

Also on the CD several Postludes libre pour des Antiennes de Magnificat (op. 68), as well as 10 of the 51 L’Orgue Mystique (op. 57) suites. Track 8 (Tryptyque) – is particularly enjoyable as the organ’s lower end is explored at the beginning, and the upper registers are quietly explored near the conclusion of the movement, as is the final suite on the recording (track 14). Overall, though, a sense of mysticism is present in the compositions, and certainly the airy upper ranges of the instrument lend themselves to this sort of feel under Mr. Boucher’s touch.

Of course, no recording can ever do a live organ performance justice, and I hope I get the opportunity to experience this music in person. Until then, I am very glad to have this disc. If you like organ music as well as the music of Cesar Franck, you might want to give this recording a try. It’s wonderful.

Submitted on 05/14/12 by KlingonOpera 
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Works Details

>Tournemire, Charles : Triple Choral, for organ, Op. 41
  • Performer: Vincent Boucher (Organ)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Tournemire, Charles : Postludes libres pour des Antiennes de Magnificat, for organ or harmonium, Op. 68
  • Performer: Vincent Boucher (Organ)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1935

>Tournemire, Charles : L 'Orgue mystique, Op. 57 :: Prélude à l'Introït
  • Performer: Vincent Boucher (Organ)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1931

>Tournemire, Charles : L 'Orgue mystique, Op. 57 :: Offertoire
  • Performer: Vincent Boucher (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1931

>Tournemire, Charles : L 'Orgue mystique, Op. 57 :: Élévation
  • Performer: Vincent Boucher (Organ)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1931

>Tournemire, Charles : L 'Orgue mystique, Op. 57 :: Communion
  • Performer: Vincent Boucher (Organ)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1931

>Tournemire, Charles : L 'Orgue mystique, Op. 57 :: Triptyque
  • Performer: Vincent Boucher (Organ)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1931

>Tournemire, Charles : Postludes libres pour des Antiennes de Magnificat, for organ or harmonium, Op. 68
  • Performer: Vincent Boucher (Organ)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1935

>Tournemire, Charles : L 'Orgue mystique, Op. 57 :: Prélude à l'Introït
  • Performer: Vincent Boucher (Organ)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1931

>Tournemire, Charles : L 'Orgue mystique, Op. 57 :: Offertoire
  • Performer: Vincent Boucher (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1931

>Tournemire, Charles : L 'Orgue mystique, Op. 57 :: Élévation
  • Performer: Vincent Boucher (Organ)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1931

>Tournemire, Charles : L 'Orgue mystique, Op. 57 :: Communion
  • Performer: Vincent Boucher (Organ)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1931

>Tournemire, Charles : L 'Orgue mystique, Op. 57 :: Choral Alleluiatique no 2
  • Performer: Vincent Boucher (Organ)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1931