The Art of Pierre Cochereau

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The Art of Pierre Cochereau
Pierre Cochereau (organ)

[ Decca / 6 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Thursday 10 October 2019

Pierre Cochereau, it can be said, restored Notre-Dame to its rightful place as the undisputed 'grand fromage' of French church music following years in the doldrums after the death of Louis Vierne in 1937.

His penchant for gothic gesture - evocative and always a perfect fit for Notre-Dame's instrument and acoustic - and his reconciling of the Frenchromantic organ sound with the pillars of Bach's organ repertory distinguished him as 'a phenomenon without equal in the history of the contemporary organ' as his teacher Marcel Dupré was to remark. It is doubtless as an improvisor that Cochereau's musical legacy is most important where he takes the ephemeral tradition of the French organ school to its apogee.

This collection spans the breadth of Cochereau's vast repertoire and includes two discs of improvisations.


Bach: Toccata & Fugue in D minor, BWV565
Bach: Toccata & Fugue in D minor, BWV538 'Dorian'
Bach: Toccata & Fugue in F major, BWV540

Frescobaldi: Il Primo Libro di Toccate, F 2
Froberger: Toccata 19 in D Minor, FbWV 119
Pachelbel: Toccata in G Minor, P.468
Muffat, Georg: Apparatus musico-organisticus

Widor: Symphonie pour orgue No. 5, Op. 42 No. 1
Giroud: Toccata Pour L'Elevation
Vierne, L: Organ Symphony No.4, Op.32 in G Minor
Gigout: Pièces (10) pour orgue, 1892
Bach: Fantasia & Fugue in G minor, BWV542 'Great'
Bach: 18 Leipzig Chorale preludes: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659

Bach: Passacaglia & Fugue in C minor, BWV582
Bach: Clavier-Übung III / Chorale preludes BWV 669-689: Wir glauben all' an einen Gott, BWV 680
6 Choräle von verschiedener Art, BWV 645-650: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645, in E-Flat Major
Bach: Toccata, Adagio & Fugue in C major, BWV564
Boëllmann: Suite gothique, Op. 25
Liszt: Missa pro organo lectarum celebrationi missarum adjumento inserviens, S.264

Brahms: Chorale Preludes (11), Op. 122 - 6 extracts
Mozart: Fantasia in F minor for a mechanical organ, K608
Mozart: Fantasy in F Minor, K.594
Mozart: Andante in F major, K616

Franck, C: Trois pièces pour grand orgue, M. 35-37
Franck, C: Trois Chorals pour grand orgue, M. 38-40
Franck, C: Trois pièces pour grand orgue, M. 35-37
Messiaen: La Nativité du Seigneur

and much much more