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Thomas Trotter|Duruflé: Complete Organ Works

Duruflé: Complete Organ Works

Thomas Trotter

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Not yet familiar with Maurice Duruflé's organ music? Listen to the Prélude sur l'Introït de l'Épiphanie, Op. 13 from 1961: in two minutes, the composer gives a full summary of his work. An almost circular melody, wide and generous, unfolds through magical and autumnal registrations. Where are we? This music feels like it is coming at us from out of history. A crumhorn reworking of Couperin? A very chromatic improvisation by Johann Sebastian Bach? No, it is Maurice Duruflé, who blends the melismas and breaths of Gregorian chant into the modern harmony of a Ravel. And this synthesis of genius, which would also produce the Mass cum jubilo Op. 11 (1966), gives this music its timeless charm. The fact that this music is so brief, like the composer's body of work, from which many sketches and completed compositions have been excised, adds to the intensity of the moment. A man of the church and of the Christian tradition, Maurice Duruflé was fiercely demanding of himself, as was Paul Dukas, who taught him composition several decades earlier. Duruflé's work consists of only fourteen pieces, none of which are particularly long!

Duruflé's colouristic sense shines through everywhere, and the astonishing Prélude to the wonderful Suite Op. 5 remains one of the most significant examples of this tendency. The terrifying, horror-film opening gradually turns into a psalmodic thriller, ending in a meditation on earthly life as seen from heaven. In a relatively moderate tempo, Thomas Trotter displays a breathtaking feel for gradation in this passage, surely one of the most intense moments in Maurice Duruflé's back catalogue.

Throughout this album, Thomas Trotter - an English organist born in 1957, whose imposing Decca discography deserves re-evaluation - displays treasures of musicality and above all of sensitivity. Although his organs do not show off such marvellous timbres as those of the instruments in the Abbey of Saint-Ouen (Rouen) or Saint-Etienne du Mont (Paris), Trotter is truly prodigious, on the one hand in how he works on structure, and on the other hand, and especially, in his sense of narration and breathing, which is so typical of Duruflé. This work is quite simply poignant. © Pierre-Yves Lascar/Qobuz

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Fugue sur le thème du Carillon des Heures de la Cathédrale de Soissons, Op. 12 (Maurice Duruflé)

1
Fugue sur le thème du Carillon des Heures de la Cathédrale de Soissons, Op. 12
00:03:14

Thomas Trotter, Organ - Maurice Duruflé, Composer

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Méditation, op. posth. (Maurice Duruflé)

2
Méditation, Op. posth.
00:03:53

Thomas Trotter, Organ - Maurice Duruflé, Composer

2021 King's College, Cambridge 2021 King's College, Cambridge

Prélude et fugue sur le nom d'Alain, op. 7 (Maurice Duruflé)

3
I. Prélude
00:06:24

Thomas Trotter, Organ - Maurice Duruflé, Composer

2021 King's College, Cambridge 2021 King's College, Cambridge

4
II. Fugue
00:05:51

Thomas Trotter, Organ - Maurice Duruflé, Composer

2021 King's College, Cambridge 2021 King's College, Cambridge

Scherzo, op. 2 (Maurice Duruflé)

5
Scherzo, Op. 2
00:05:58

Thomas Trotter, Organ - Maurice Duruflé, Composer

2021 King's College, Cambridge 2021 King's College, Cambridge

Prélude sur l'Introït de l'Épiphanie, Op. 13 (Maurice Duruflé)

6
Prélude sur l'Introït de l'Épiphanie, Op. 13
00:02:19

Thomas Trotter, Organ - Maurice Duruflé, Composer

2021 King's College, Cambridge 2021 King's College, Cambridge

Prélude, Adagio et Choral varié sur le thème du 'Veni Creator', op. 4 (Maurice Duruflé)

7
I. Prélude
00:08:02

Thomas Trotter, Organ - Maurice Duruflé, Composer

2021 King's College, Cambridge 2021 King's College, Cambridge

8
Prélude, Adagio et Choral varié sur le thème du 'Veni Creator', Op. 4: II. Adagio
00:06:08

Thomas Trotter, Organ - Maurice Duruflé, Composer

2021 King's College, Cambridge 2021 King's College, Cambridge

9
Prélude, Adagio et Choral varié sur le thème du 'Veni Creator', Op. 4: III. Choral varié
00:05:42

Thomas Trotter, Organ - Maurice Duruflé, Composer

2021 King's College, Cambridge 2021 King's College, Cambridge

Chant donné (Hommage à Jean Gallon) (Maurice Duruflé)

10
Chant Donné (Hommage à Jean Gallon)
00:01:42

Thomas Trotter, Organ - Maurice Duruflé, Composer

2021 King's College, Cambridge 2021 King's College, Cambridge

Suite, op. 5 (Maurice Duruflé)

11
I. Prélude
00:08:44

Thomas Trotter, Organ - Maurice Duruflé, Composer

2021 King's College, Cambridge 2021 King's College, Cambridge

12
II. Sicilienne
00:06:40

Thomas Trotter, Organ - Maurice Duruflé, Composer

2021 King's College, Cambridge 2021 King's College, Cambridge

13
III. Toccata
00:08:42

Thomas Trotter, Organ - Maurice Duruflé, Composer

2021 King's College, Cambridge 2021 King's College, Cambridge

Album Description

Not yet familiar with Maurice Duruflé's organ music? Listen to the Prélude sur l'Introït de l'Épiphanie, Op. 13 from 1961: in two minutes, the composer gives a full summary of his work. An almost circular melody, wide and generous, unfolds through magical and autumnal registrations. Where are we? This music feels like it is coming at us from out of history. A crumhorn reworking of Couperin? A very chromatic improvisation by Johann Sebastian Bach? No, it is Maurice Duruflé, who blends the melismas and breaths of Gregorian chant into the modern harmony of a Ravel. And this synthesis of genius, which would also produce the Mass cum jubilo Op. 11 (1966), gives this music its timeless charm. The fact that this music is so brief, like the composer's body of work, from which many sketches and completed compositions have been excised, adds to the intensity of the moment. A man of the church and of the Christian tradition, Maurice Duruflé was fiercely demanding of himself, as was Paul Dukas, who taught him composition several decades earlier. Duruflé's work consists of only fourteen pieces, none of which are particularly long!

Duruflé's colouristic sense shines through everywhere, and the astonishing Prélude to the wonderful Suite Op. 5 remains one of the most significant examples of this tendency. The terrifying, horror-film opening gradually turns into a psalmodic thriller, ending in a meditation on earthly life as seen from heaven. In a relatively moderate tempo, Thomas Trotter displays a breathtaking feel for gradation in this passage, surely one of the most intense moments in Maurice Duruflé's back catalogue.

Throughout this album, Thomas Trotter - an English organist born in 1957, whose imposing Decca discography deserves re-evaluation - displays treasures of musicality and above all of sensitivity. Although his organs do not show off such marvellous timbres as those of the instruments in the Abbey of Saint-Ouen (Rouen) or Saint-Etienne du Mont (Paris), Trotter is truly prodigious, on the one hand in how he works on structure, and on the other hand, and especially, in his sense of narration and breathing, which is so typical of Duruflé. This work is quite simply poignant. © Pierre-Yves Lascar/Qobuz

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