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Marcel Dupré: The Mercury Living Presence Recordings / Marcel Dupré, organ

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Newly-remastered by Mercury Living Presence specialists from the original tapes and available here for the first time in one 10-CD set, we present The Complete Mercury Living Presence Recordings of Marcel Dupré, as well as two albums originally released on Philips (France).

No fewer than five of these albums appear on CD for the first time, including recordings at Saint-Sulpice in Paris. This 10-CD set presents the original album artwork, plus ALL the original English notes from the back of the original issue LPs. The comprehensive booklet in French and English also presents: the complete organ specifications from all the featured organs, an explanation of the remastering process by supervisor Tom Fine, extracts from Mme Dupré’s diary from Marcel Dupré’s 1957 tour to the USA.

Dupré was a prolific performer and in his lifetime played 2178 recitals. He made huge contributions to the advancement of organ teaching and technique and wrote pieces that were too difficult for anyone other than him to perform until years later.

The first time Marcel Duprés Mercury recordings have been available together in a set. All Mercury Living Presence recordings remastered from the original tapes. CDs recreate original LP content and reproduce original LP artwork. 5 albums recorded at Saint-Sulpice in Paris appear on CD for the first time. 2 albums recorded for Philips (France) in 1965 on the organ of the abbey church of Saint-Ouen, Rouen also included

Boxed Set Booklet ­- Exceptional documentation includes:

Organ Specifications presented for all featured organs.

Introduction by Remastering Engineer and Supervisor Tom Fine.

Introduction to Marcel Dupré by the Association des Amis de l’Art de Marcel Dupré. Reproduction in full of the 1000-word English essays from 8 of the original LPs. Extracts from Mme Duprés’ diary from her and Marcel Duprés’ trip to the USA in 1957.


CD 1. FRANCK: Pièce héroïque, M. 37 · 3 Chorales pour orgue - Recorded 1957, Saint Thomas Church, New York City

CD 2. WIDOR: Organ Symphony No. 6 in G Minor, Op. 42 No. 2, i. Allegro · Organ Symphony No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 13 No. 2, iv. Salve Regina [Revised version, 1901]

DUPRÉ: Prelude and Fugue in G Minor, Op. 7 No. 3 · Triptyque, Op. 51 Recorded 1957, Saint Thomas Church, New York City (Dupré First Release on CD)

CD 3. J.S. BACH: Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV 532 · Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 543 · Prelude and Fugue in E Minor, BWV 548 Recorded 1959, Saint-Sulpice, Paris

CD 4. DUPRÉ: Cortège et litanie, Op. 19 No. 4 · Variations sur un Noël, Op. 20 · Sept Pièces, Op. 27, iv. Carillon, vii. Final in G Mino, Lamento, Op 24 - Recorded 1959, Saint-Sulpice, Paris

CD 5. FRANCK: Grande Pièce symphonique, Op. 17 · Faintaisie en la majeur · Pastorale, Op. 19, No. 4; Andantino Quasi allegretto - Recorded 1959, Saint-Sulpice, Paris

CD 6. J.S. BACH: 6 Chorales, BWV 645-650 ( Schübler Chorales) · Fantasia in C Minor, BWV 562 · Fantasia in G Major, BWV 572 - Recorded 1959, Saint-Sulpice, Paris

CD 7. DUPRÉ: 3 Preludes and Fugues, Op 36

MESSIAEN: Le Banquet céleste · Les Bergers (from La Nativité du Seigneur) - Recorded 1959, Saint-Sulpice, Paris

CD 8. J.S. BACH: Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist, BWV 671 · Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr , BWV 662 · Wir glauben all an einen Gott, BWV 680 · Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam, BWV 684 · In dir ist Freude, BWV 615 · O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde gross, BWV 622 · Vom Himmel kam der Engel Schar, BWV 607 · Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt, BWV 637 · Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 · Vor deinen Thron tret ich hiermit, BWV 668 - Recorded 1965, Saint Ouen, Rouen

CD .9 DUPRÉ: Symphonie-Passion, Op. 23 · Choral et Fugue Op. 57 · Hymne Iste - confessor, Op. 38 No. 2 · In dulci jubilo, Op. 28 · Toccata sur Ave maris stella, Op. 38 No. 11 - Recorded 1965, Saint Ouen, Rouen

CD 10. SAINT-SAËNS: Symphony No. 3 in C


excellent remastering
just a wonderful set!
Submitted on 01/15/16 by bj 
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