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Tournemire in Oberlin/Mel Butler (2 CDs!)
Tournemire in Oberlin - J. Melvin Butler

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Program and Notes Reviews
J. Melvin Butler, organist
Fisk organ
Finney Chapel, Oberlin College
Tournemire in Oberlin is a triumph in its combination of artistic excellence and creative experimentation -- www.AnOvergrownPath.blogspot.com

Dr. J. Melvin Butler plays three suites from "L'Orgue Mystique," interspersed between written improvisations by Tournemire.  Liner notes are written by noted Tournemire scholar, Ann Labounsky.

But is it Tournemire in Oberlin, or Chartres? This unusual double CD features the new Aristide Cavaillé-Coll-style Fisk organ as it sounds in Finney Chapel at Oberlin College, and also as it might sound if it were in Chartres Cathedral. New recording technology makes it possible to create a mathematical model of a room's acoustics from measurements taken in the room itself. With sufficient computing power, a program can then place any sound (in this case, the sound of the Fisk organ at Oberlin) in the modelled acoustics. Does it work? You be the judge! Both versions (2 CDs) are included in this package--two CDs for the price of one.
Epiphania Domini (L’Orgue Mystique, No. 7, Opus 55)
1. Prélude à l’Introït
2. Offertoire
3. Élévation
4. Communion
5. Fantaisie
6. Cantilène improvisée

7. Petite rapsodie improvisée

Dominica infra Octave Ascensionis (L’Orgue Mystique, No. 24, Opus 56)
8. Prélude à l’Introït
9. Offertoire
10. Élévation
11. Communion
12. Postlude

13. Fantasie-Improvisation sur l’”Ave maris stella”

In Assumptione B. M. V. (L’Orgue Mystique, No. 35, Opus 57)
14. Prélude à l’Introït
15. Offertoire
16. Élévation
17. Communion
18. Paraphrase-Carillon

Program Notes

Charles Arnould Tournemire (1870-1939) was born in Bordeaux into a bourgeois family of five including Charles and two sisters. The father was a wine dealer. Before continuing his studies in Paris, he studied music at the conservatory in his native city and became organist at St. Pierre at the age of eleven and later at St. Seurin. When he was sixteen he entered the Paris Conservatory and won First Prize in organ and improvisation in 1891 first studying with Franck and upon his death in 1890, with Charles Marie Widor. His early church positions included assistant organist to Widor at St. Sulpice (1891-92), St. Médard (1892-97), St. Nicholas du Chardonnet (1989) and finally Sainte- Clotilde where he served from 1898 until his death in 1939.

His marriage in 1903 to one of his students, Alice Taylor, brought him much financial stability and happiness. The following year, he won the Composition Prize for the City of Paris which assured him additional financial security. Alice’s sister had married the French writer-mystic Joseph Péladan who along with the writers Ernest Hello and Léon Blum, also had a marked influence on Tournemire. In 1919 he was appointed teacher of chamber music at the Paris Conservatory. His early organ pupils were Joseph Bonnet and Ermend Bonnal, who succeeded him at Saint-Clotilde.
A number of his pupils, Daniel-Lesur, Maurice Duruflé, Jean Langlais, André Fleury, and Swiss organist, Bernard Schulé also substituted for him at Sainte-Clotilde. His sphere of influence, however, extended beyond his students to Gaston Litaize and Olivier Messiaen who publically acknowledged Tournemire as one of his main influences.

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5 of 5 Tournemire at Oberlin October 14, 2007
Reviewer: William Stachour from Appleton, WI United States  
An excellent disc in itself, and a great introduction to Tournemire's compositional style.  But the real treat is the bonus disc, a repeat of the original CD digitally-processed to give it an enhanced acoustic.

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