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Label: Loft

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Vocal

Artist: Joris Verdin, Christ Church Schola Cantorum & Stephen Kennedy

Composer: Joseph Leybach (1817-1891), Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921), Jules Mouquet (1867-1946), Charles Loret (1835-1870), Nicolas-Jacques Lemmens (1823-1881), Felix Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911), Theodore Dubois (1837-1924), Louis Lefebure-Wely (1817-1870), Cesar Franck (1822-1890), Charles Gounod (1818-1893), Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)

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  • Hector Berlioz (1803 - 1869):
  • 1Prière du matin, H 11204:18
  • César Franck (1822 - 1890):
  • 2Entrée in E Major02:46
  • Charles Gounod (1818 - 1893): Messe brève No. 7 in C Major:
  • 3Messe brève No. 7 in C Major: Kyrie03:14
  • 4Messe brève No. 7 in C Major: Gloria05:18
  • César Franck: 3 Offertoires:
  • 53 Offertoires: No. 2, Domine Deus in simplicitate, M. 6404:40
  • Charles Gounod: Messe brève No. 7 in C Major:
  • 6Messe brève No. 7 in C Major: Sanctus01:42
  • Louis James Alfred Lefébure-Wély (1817 - 1869): Vade-mecum de l'organiste, Suite No. 1, Op. 187:
  • 7Vade-mecum de l'organiste, Suite No. 1, Op. 187: III. Élévation02:01
  • Charles Gounod: Messe brève No. 7 in C Major:
  • 8Messe brève No. 7 in C Major: O salutaris02:37
  • 9Messe brève No. 7 in C Major: Agnus Dei03:03
  • Théodore Dubois (1837 - 1924):
  • 10Panis angelicus03:21
  • Louis James Alfred Lefébure-Wély: L'office catholique, Op. 148, Vol. 7:
  • 11L'office catholique, Op. 148, Vol. 7: No. 80, Marche02:53
  • Alexandre Guilmant (1837 - 1911):
  • 12Ecce panis, Op. 6605:24
  • César Franck: 3 Offertoires:
  • 13Tantum ergo, M. 5803:31
  • Jacques-Nicolas Lemmens (1823 - 1881):
  • 14Laudate Dominum, gloire au Seigneur04:40
  • Louis James Alfred Lefébure-Wély: L'office catholique, Op. 148, Vol. 7:
  • 15Romance sans paroles, Op. 9203:44
  • Nuits napolitaines, Op. 183:
  • 16Nuits napolitaines, Op. 183: No. 3, Carnaval "Piffefari"03:53
  • 17Nuits napolitaines, Op. 183: No. 1, Soupirs et regrets03:51
  • 18Nuits napolitaines, Op. 183: No. 5, Sur le golfe03:19
  • H.P. Toby ( 1880 - 1900):
  • 19Vieille gavotte, Op. 14202:02
  • Alexandre Guilmant:
  • 20L'organiste practique, Book 3, Op. 46: IV. Mélodie02:52
  • 212 Morceaux, Op. 23: No. 1, Recueillement05:00
  • Charles Loret (1835 - 1870):
  • 22Souvenir de Madrid03:48
  • Jules Mouquet (1867 - 1946):
  • 23Thème varié04:36
  • 24Sarabande04:30
  • 25Suite symphonique pour orgue-mustel, Op. 902:48
  • Jacques-Nicolas Lemmens: 12 Morceaux pour orgue-mélodium:
  • 2612 Morceaux pour orgue-mélodium: No. 2, Nocturne03:29
  • Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921): 3 Morceaux, Op. 1:
  • 273 Morceaux, Op. 1: No. 2, Barcarolle03:29
  • Ignace Xavier Joseph Leybach (1817 - 1891):
  • 28Les bateliers de Venise06:36
  • Théodore Dubois (1837 - 1924):
  • 29Pastorale04:17
  • Charles-Victor Dubois:
  • 30Rêverie03:14
  • 316 Compositions for Harmonium04:10
  • Edouard Grégoir (1822 - 1890):
  • 32Caprice original pour harmoniophone 185409:35
  • Total Runtime02:04:41

Info for A Sunday in Paris

This recording features music for harmonium that a Parisian might hear on a typical Sunday in the mid 19th century---at the church (with choir) and at a salon concert in the evening. The program includes many works heard on recording for the first time with original instrumentation --- works by Franck, Saint-Saëns, Gounod, Berlioz, Lemmens, Dubois and Lefébure-Wely. The Christ Church Schola Cantorum (Rochester, NY) directed by Stephen Kennedy joins harmonium virtuoso Joris Verdin to recreate an important musical soundscape of 19th century France.

Joris Verdin, harmonium
Thatcher Lyman, tenor
Jordan Wilson, bass
Adelaide Boedecker, soprano
Julia Shulman, double bass
Zorica Pavlovic, mezzo-soprano
Molly Werts, violin
Kristina Finch, harp
Christ Church Schola Cantorum
Stephen Kennedy, direction

Joris Verdin
is both organist and musicologist. This combination is the reason for his preference of reviving forgotten music at the same time as he creates contemporary compositions. He has recorded over forty CDs as a soloist, spanning many musical eras and styles. After various activities as accompanist, arranger and producer he now focuses on the organ as well as the harmonium and has become internationally reputed as a specialist. He teaches the organ at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp and is professor at the University of Leuven, Belgium.

Master classes, musical editions and articles are an important part of his activities. Amongst them, the first complete edition of César Franck harmonium works and the first handbook of harmonium technique. The Spanish town Torre de Juan Abad (Ciudad Real) appointed Joris Verdin as honorary organist of the historical organ built by Gaspar de la Redonda in 1763. Obtained Diapason d’Or (and “Event of the month”) (France) and Cecilia-award (Belgian Press) in 2001 for his Franck organ works recording. A compilation of his organ works was recorded in 1998 (RIC 233442) and reissued in 2014. Musician of the year of the Flanders Festival 2002. Artistic adviser and inauguration of the Liszt “orgue-piano” in Vienna, 2005. Since 2007, after inaugurating the restored Cavaillé-Coll organ 1864, artistic leader of the “Voix Célestes” Program at the Fondation Royaumont, France. Obtained “Le meilleur Widor” by ClassiqueInfo for his recording of Widor’s symphonies I-IV. In 2011 he received the "Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik". The November 2011 issue of the "American Record Guide" van november 2011 puts it this way: "Verdin, the apparent Dean of harmonium players, certainly knows how to get the most from the harmonium". In March 2012, his recording of Lefébure-Wely's Suites pour Harmonicorde was honoured with the "Diapason d'Or" (French musical press). In September 2012 his recording of organ music by Willaert, in collaboration with the Capilla Flamenca, received "Choc de la Musique", "Diapason d'Or", “Klara Prize” (Flemish Radio) and Cecilia-award. 2014: "Diapason d'Or" for the "Guide des Instruments de Musique" in collaboration with musicians from the Ricercar Label. 2015: “Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik” for the DVD César Franck, Father of the Organ Symphony, with a substantial contribution by Joris Verdin on performance practice; artistic director of the Gothenburg International Organ Academy.

Booklet for A Sunday in Paris

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