Alain: Complete Organ Works

Alain: Complete Organ Works
Composer Jehan Ariste Alain
Artist Jean-Baptiste Robin organ
Format 3 CD
Cat. number 94233
EAN code 5028421942339
Release September 2011

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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 release contains recordings made in the 1930s of the composer performing his Les Fetes de l’annee Israelite and Synagogue Music - fascinating historical documents. Great performances by Jean-Baptiset Robin.

OTHER INFORMATION:
- Comprehensive booklet notes, including technical specifications of the organs.
- Important historical recordings by the composer.
- Recordings on CD1 & 2 made in 2008.
- Includes 4 world premiere recordings.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Litanies, JA 119 (August 1937)
  2. Intermezzo, JA 66bis (1934-5)
  3. Trois Danses, JA 120A & 120bis (1937–8): Joies
  4. Trois Danses, JA 120A & 120bis (1937–8): Deuils
  5. Trois Danses, JA 120A & 120bis (1937–8): Luttes
  6. Choral cistercien pour une Élévation, JA 134 (1934)
  7. Deuxième Fantaisie, JA 117 (1936?)
  8. Suite, JA 69, 70, 82 (1934–5): Introduction et Variations
  9. Suite, JA 69, 70, 82 (1934–5): Scherzo
  10. Suite, JA 69, 70, 82 (1934–5): Choral
  11. Choral dorien, JA 67 (1935)
  12. Choral phrygien, JA 68 (1935)
  13. Trois Minutes, JA 30, JA 3 & JA 32 (1932): Un cercle d’argent
  14. Trois Minutes, JA 30, JA 3 & JA 32 (1932): Romance
  15. Trois Minutes, JA 30, JA 3 & JA 32 (1932): Grave

Disk 2

  1. Variations sur un thème de Clément Jannequin, JA 118 (1937)
  2. Fantasmagorie, JA 63 (1935)
  3. Chant donné, JA 37 (1932)
  4. Deuxième Prélude profane (Und jetzt), JA 65 (6 March 1933)
  5. Deux Danses à Agni Yavishta: Première Danse, JA 77 (13 October 1932)
  6. Deux Danses à Agni Yavishta: Deuxième Danse, JA 78 (1932)
  7. Aria, JA 138 (November 1938)
  8. Berceuse sur deux notes qui cornent, JA 7 bis (August 1929)
  9. Prélude, JA 75 (1935)
  10. Petite pièce, JA 33 (December 1932)
  11. Postlude pour l’Office de Complies,, JA 29 (1930)
  12. Ballade en mode phrygien, JA 9 (1930)
  13. Berceuse, JA 86 (17 April 1936)
  14. Lamento, JA 14 (February 1930)
  15. Variations sur Lucis Creator, JA 27 (January 1932)
  16. Monodie, JA 135 (September 1938)
  17. Complainte à la mode ancienne, JA 38 (1932)
  18. Climat, JA 79 (1932)
  19. Fugue, JA 57 (1935)
  20. Premier Prélude profane (Wieder an), JA 64 (1933)
  21. Andante, JA 89 bis (Suite monodique pour piano,1935)
  22. De Jules Lemaître, JA 62 (1935)

Disk 3

  1. Variations sur un chant donné de Rimski-Korsakov, JA 131A* (December 1930)
  2. L’Année liturgique israélite, JA 139 (1938)
  3. Fugue en mode de fa, JA 28 (1932)
  4. Le Jardin suspendu (Chacone), JA 71 (1934)
  5. Fugue sur un sujet de Henri Rabaud, JA 133A* (1933)
  6. Verset-Choral, JA 6 (March 1931)
  7. Canon en mode dorien pour piano et harmonium, JA 61 (1932)
  8. Première Fantaisie, JA 72 (1933)
  9. Deuxième Fantaisie, JA 117 (2nd version)
  10. Les Fêtes de l’année Israélite
  11. Synagogue Music: Oumordekhoy
  12. Synagogue Music: Osseko Edroch
  13. Synagogue Music: Ono Tovo
  14. Synagogue Music: Vehakohanim
  15. Synagogue Music: Lekho Dodi
  16. Synagogue Music: Adonoy Molokh
  17. Synagogue Music: Kol Nidre
  18. Synagogue Music: Schivo Berokhoss