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DURUFLE: Organ Music (Complete)

Composer(s):Durufle, Maurice
Artist(s) Fairs, Henry, organ
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.557924
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

Maurice Duruflé was a highly self-critical composer whose musical language can be viewed as a synthesis of the impressionist tradition of Debussy and Ravel and the modal, Gregorian-inspired style of Fauré. Although his best-known work is the Requiem, his distinctive and powerful organ music continues the French tradition of organ-playing and composition. The Prélude sur l’Introït de l’Épiphanie demonstrates Duruflé’s mastery in capturing the shape and colour of plainsong. With its perfect architectural balance and proportions, the Prélude et Fugue sur le nom d’Alain written in memory of Duruflé’s colleague Jehan Alain, killed in action



Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Henry Fairs has twice won the Prix Maurice Duruflé at Chartres, so he is well fitted for this repertoire. He plays a restored Cavaillé-Coll organ—impressively pictured, although not described here. It can be heard at its most spectacular in the Toccata from the Suite, Op. 5, but its colour palette is impressive and is well handed by Fairs. Fairs is very well recorded and this Naxos CD is well worth its modest cost.

Review By David Denton, Naxos,May 2007

Maurice Durufle was one of the leading organists of the 20th century, though he was so critical of his own compositions that this disc contains his total output for the instrument. Though there is the stylistic input of the French Impressionists - Ravel and Debussy with a little Vierne in his organ mode - it is still a very personal voice changing very quickly from introspective quietness to outgoing full-blown impact. Often descriptive of the name given to the piece, the opening track probably has a touch of humour as the bells of the Cathedral at Soissons must have often interrupted his many recording sessions there. The disc ends with a virtuoso Toccata in the shape of a wild Spanish dance and gives Henry Fairs a chance to show his agility and the vast array of sonorities of the



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