Organ Great Classics (2017)

Bach, Gigout, Liszt, Widor, Messiaen, Pachelbel

Bernard Lagace, Raymond Daveluy, Gaston Arel, Anthony Newman

Audiophile Organ Great Classics is a double album with a treasure of organ masterpieces by Bach, Gigout, Liszt, Widor, Messiaen and Pachelbel. The compositions are played by master organists Anthony Newman, Gaston Arel, Raymond Daveluy and Bernard Lagacé. 

Each performance was recorded in the 1960s and ‘70s on Analog Tape. For this collection, the performances were transferred from the Original Analog Masters to DSD 256 by 2xHD.

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Raymond Daveluy

RAYMOND DAVELUY 1926 - 2016 Joseph Eugène Raymond-Marie Daveluy CM was a Canadian composer, organist, music educator, and arts administrator. An associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre, his compositional output consisted mainly of works for solo organ.

Gaston Arel

GASTON AREL Born 1928 Gaston Arel became the organist at the St. Hyacinthe cathedral at age 17 (1945-1953). In 1949 he won third prize from the Casavant (Organ) Society and in 1953 received a government grant to study in Paris with André Marchal. Upon his return to Canada, he became organist at Immaculée-Conception church in Montréal, a position he held until 1974.

Bernard Lagace

BERMARD LAGACÉ Born 1930 The Canadian organist, harpsichordist, and teacher, Bernard Lagacé, began his musical studies with Conrad Letendre at the Séminaire de St-Hyacinthe where he became organist at the age of 14. In 1948 he replaced Raymond Daveluy, then in Europe, at the St-Jean-Baptiste Church, becoming regular organist there in 1950. He subsequently worked with Yvonne Hubert (piano) and Gabriel Cusson (harmony and counterpoint).

Anthony Newman

ANTHONY NEWMAN Born 1941 Described by Wynton Marsalis as «The High Priest of Bach», and by Time Magazine as «The High Priest of the Harpsichord,» Newman continues his 50 year career as America’s leading organist, harpsichordist and Bach specialist.
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Organ Great Classics (2017)

Bach, Gigout, Liszt, Widor, Messiaen, Pachelbel

Bernard Lagace, Raymond Daveluy, Gaston Arel, Anthony Newman

Mastering Engineer:

For the 2xHD transfeer of this recording, the original 1/4" 15ips NAB master tape was played on a Nagra T modified with high end tube playback electronics, wired with OCC silver cable from the playback head direct to a Telefunken EF806 Tube. Conversion to DSD was created using Merging Horus/Hapi A/D converter, calibrated to the required format, and a dCS Vivaldi Clock.

2xHD was created by producer / studio owner André Perry, and audiophile sound engineer René Laflamme

Recording Engineer: All tracks recorded by Jean De La Durantaye direct to a 2 track magnetic tape recorder
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD256

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Das Orgelbuchlein, BWV 599-644: O Mensch, bewein dein Sunde gross, BWV 622
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6 Schubler Chorales, BWV 645-650 - Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645
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Toccata in B Minor
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Fantasy and Fugue on the Chorale Ad nos, ad salutarem undam by G. Meyerbeer, S259/R380
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Organ Symphony No. 5 in F Minor, Op. 42, No. 1 - V. Toccata
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Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565
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Livre d'orgue No. 4. Chants d'oiseaux (Birdsongs)
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Livre d'orgue No. 1. Reprises par interversion (Reprises by inversion)
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Hexachordum Apollini -: Aria Sebaldina in F Minor (POP 6)
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Chaconne No. 6 in F Minor
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Toccata, Adagio & Fugue in C Major, BWV 564 - Toccata
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Toccata, Adagio & Fugue in C Major, BWV 564 - Adagio
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Toccata, Adagio & Fugue in C Major, BWV 564 - Fugue
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Partite diverse sopra Sei gegrusset, Jesu gutig, BWV 768
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