[ La Dolce Volta / CD ]
Release Date: Friday 22 March 2019
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For his first CD with La Dolce Volta, Olivier Latry has chosen a programme devoted to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.
This recording, made on the massive Cavaillé-Coll organ of Notre-Dame de Paris, of which he is titular organist, raises a number of fascinating questions.
"My approach highlights several paradoxes: the notion of performing these key works of Protestantism in one of the most emblematic centres of Catholicism, first of all, but also of playing them on an instrument that is, to say the least, far removed from the Baroque and Classical style of organ building." - Olivier Latry
This is the last recording of the Notre-Dame organ before the fire.
"Ah, this is more like it! Bach played with no hang-ups, using the full resources of a magnificent organ (the Cavaillé-Coll in Paris's Notre-Dame Cathedral, which has happily survived the recent fire largely intact), happily discarding any ideas of authenticity and completely shorn of that kind of hallowed reserve with which so many organists treat it. This is a joyous celebration of Bach's music, not a kneeling, hands-together, head-bowed worship of it … The playing is fabulous, no question about that, while the interpretations are idiosyncratic, to put it mildly … Even the most sanctimonious Bach purist could not fail to be impressed with Latry's impeccable tracing of the contrapuntal lines in the BWV578 and BWV542 fugues, or with his gloriously fluent and magisterial account of the Passacaglia and Fugue … those of us who believe Bach's music can not only survive but actually be positively reinvigorated by being taken out of its dusty glass case and injected with futuristic gadgets will feel we have been transported into a wonderful new galaxy." Marc Rochester - Gramophone, June 2019