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Track(s) taken from CDD22059
Recording details: January 1998
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Release date: August 1998
Total duration: 6 minutes 56 seconds

'Stunning … a revelatory performance, reaching into the very heart of a work in which 'there are dark forces at work' … a real treat … the whole presentation is masterly—superb playing and superb engineering' (Gramophone)

'Thrilling music, thrillingly played' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Superb' (International Record Review)

'Here's a spectacular record' (Classic CD)

'If you seek a recording of Dupré's works which does full justice to the music's myriad shades and inflections in an acoustic which leaves you quite simply in awe, look no further. One could almost imagine Dupré himself improvising the magical sounds pervading St Paul's. Need I say more?' (Cathedral Music)

'John Scott’s understanding and deft touch in Dupré make this collection a must-have' (MusicWeb International)

Cortège et Litanie, Op 19 No 2
composer
1922

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Christopher Herrick (organ)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
If the popular Cortège et Litanie, Op 19 No 2, composed in 1922, is typical of a savant composer skilled in giving formal shape to a piece in which two contrasted themes combine in a final peroration, its second theme also suggests a specifically Russian melodic motif. Parisian composers of Dupré’s generation had become familiar with Russian music, sacred as well as secular. Moreover, the expatriate Alexander Glazunov, who lived his later years in Paris, was a composer friend whose own organ Fantaisie of 1934 is dedicated to Dupré.

The Cortège et Litanie began as five pieces of incidental music requested by a playwright friend and originally written for small orchestra. Then, on one of his American tours, Dupré was overheard playing the piece privately on the piano and was encouraged by another friend, the American impresario Alexander Russell, to transcribe it for organ: ‘You have the time … on the railway journey. It’ll be superb!’ And so it was. Later, Dupré wrote the version for organ and orchestra which he first gave in America on the huge Wanamaker organ with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Stokowski.

from notes by Felix Aprahamian © 1998


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