Alain: De Jules Lemaître
This page lists all recordings of De Jules Lemaître, by Jehan Alain (1911-40) on CD.
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Jehan Alain - The Complete Works for Organ
“Kevin Bowyer has nothing to fear from comparisons with either Eric Lebrun or Marie-Claire Alain. His speeds are closer to those adopted by the composer’s sister than to those of Lebrun. Presumably she, if anybody, knows how the music should go...If you like the sound of a naturally recessed church acoustic, then Bowyer is probably your choice for these works.” MusicWeb International, August 2012
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Jehan Alain: Complete Organ Works
Jean-Baptiste Robin (organ) & Jehan Alain (organ)
In his short life (1911-40) Jehan Alain composed some of the most fresh and original music for organ. The influences of composers such as Duruflé and Dutilleux mingle with Gregorian Chant and jazz and the exotic – the latter Alain discovered at the Colonial Exposition of 1931. Interestingly, many of the organ works were conceived for other forms – orchestra in the case of the Trois Dances, String Quintet for the Suite for Organ: Introduction and Variations for example. Many of the works started life as piano pieces, or for small chamber ensemble.
This 3CD set contains recordings made in the 1930s of the composer performing his Les Fetes de l’annee Israelite and Synagogue Music – fascinating historical documents.
“The playing by Jean-Baptiste Robin is superb and finely nuanced and his choice of the organs is so thoughtful, cleverly matching their qualities to particular works...This set is an absolute must for any organ enthusiast but anyone will be hugely affected by these works, the superlative playing, excellent recording and totally brilliant music from one of the greatest ever writers for the organ. I cannot overemphasise the thrill of listening to these captivating compositions” MusicWeb International, January 2012
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