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CHARLES TOURNEMIRE (1870 – 1939) – L’ORGUE MYSTIQUE, VOLUME 7
51 OFFICES DE L’ANNÉE LITURGIQUE INSPIRÉS DU CHANT GRÉGORIEN ET LIBREMENT PARAPHRASÉS EDITION INTÉGRALE
Office No. 36 – Cycle après la Pentecôte, Op. 57 (1931)
Office No. 20 – Cycle de Pâques, Op. 56 (1930)
Office No. 37 – Cycle après la Pentecôte, Op. 57 (1931)
Office No. 23 – Cycle de Pâques, Op. 56 (1928)
The organ cycle L’Orgue Mystique by Charles Tournemire (1870-1939) – pupil of César Franck and Charles Marie Widor and also teacher of Olivier Messiaen – belongs to the most extensive collections in which Gregorian plainsong is part of compositional works. In this mighty cycle the Gregorian does not only appear in single associations as e.g. in the much better known organ symphonies Gothiques by Widor or Boëllmann, but is the only purely liturgical basis of an entire work cycle.
In the six years from 1927 to 1932 Tournemire composed 51 masses for the liturgical year (for performance within the Sunday and Holy Day Masses in the Roman Catholic rites), which are divided into the three cycles, Christmas, Easter and Pentecost.
It is not intended that all these recordings should use a typical Cavaillé-Coll instrument in France (Tournemire was organist on a Cavaillé-Coll organ in Ste. Clothilde in Paris) but to use various instruments which appear at first sight unsuitable in order to achieve as nearly as possible the ideal sound strived for by Tournemire and thus also to do justice to the wide sound range of the L’Orgue Mystique cycle. Although several organs are used within this series, we take care to ensure that the cycle nevertheless remains as compact and homogeneous as possible. For the first time this monument to the organ will be obtainable in its entirety on approximately 15 CDs. This project is supported by the Kunststiftung NRW (Northrhine-Westphalian Foundation for Art and Culture).
Instrument: Rieger Organ (3 Manuale, 45 Register, 1992), Stifts- und Propsteikirche St. Mariä Himmelfahrt, Kleve.