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Gaston Litaize|Vierne: 24 Pièces de fantaisie (Aux grandes orgues de l'église Saint-François-Xavier de Paris)

Vierne: 24 Pièces de fantaisie (Aux grandes orgues de l'église Saint-François-Xavier de Paris)

Gaston Litaize

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Gaston Litaize was one of the most important personalities of post-war Parisian music. He was blind from birth, a disciple of organists Marcel Dupré and Henri Büsser and a winner of the second Grand Prix de Rome for Musical Composition in 1938. Though despite having many recordings to his name, including several for Decca France and Pathé-Marconi, he has been totally forgotten.


So it’s a huge pleasure for us to rediscover his 1972 recording of Louis Vierne’s 24 Pièces de fantaisie. He had already championed the composer in 1970 on an LP that brought together the 6th Symphony and the Triptych, Op. 58 released on EMI. He sits at his beloved organ Saint-François-Xavier’s church in Paris, the organ he played for forty-five years.


Gaston Litaize’s recordings are very clear, acutely revealing Louis Vierne’s dense, dark, often tortuous contrapuntal style. And the dark atmosphere of Requiem æternam from the First Suite is nothing short of amazing. Let’s hope that Warner will continue to reissue the few rare LPs of a musician whose racy, implacable style continues to surprise today. © Pierre-Yves Lascar/Qobuz

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24 Pièces de fantaisie, Suite No. 1, Op. 51: No. 1, Prélude
00:03:27

Louis Vierne, Composer - Gaston Litaize, Organ, MainArtist

A Warner Classics / Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics / Erato release, ℗ 1972 Warner Music France. Remastered 2020 Warner Music France

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24 Pièces de fantaisie, Suite No. 1, Op. 51: No. 2, Andantino
00:03:03

Louis Vierne, Composer - Gaston Litaize, Organ, MainArtist

A Warner Classics / Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics / Erato release, ℗ 1972 Warner Music France. Remastered 2020 Warner Music France

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24 Pièces de fantaisie, Suite No. 1, Op. 51: No. 3, Caprice
00:03:13

Louis Vierne, Composer - Gaston Litaize, Organ, MainArtist

A Warner Classics / Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics / Erato release, ℗ 1972 Warner Music France. Remastered 2020 Warner Music France

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24 Pièces de fantaisie, Suite No. 1, Op. 51: No. 4, Intermezzo
00:02:18

Louis Vierne, Composer - Gaston Litaize, Organ, MainArtist

A Warner Classics / Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics / Erato release, ℗ 1972 Warner Music France. Remastered 2020 Warner Music France

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24 Pièces de fantaisie, Suite No. 1, Op. 51: No. 5, Requiem æternam
00:05:14

Louis Vierne, Composer - Gaston Litaize, Organ, MainArtist

A Warner Classics / Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics / Erato release, ℗ 1972 Warner Music France. Remastered 2020 Warner Music France

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24 Pièces de fantaisie, Suite No. 1, Op. 51: No. 6, Marche nuptiale
00:04:41

Louis Vierne, Composer - Gaston Litaize, Organ, MainArtist

A Warner Classics / Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics / Erato release, ℗ 1972 Warner Music France. Remastered 2020 Warner Music France

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24 Pièces de fantaisie, Suite No. 2, Op. 53: No. 1, Lamento
00:05:04

Louis Vierne, Composer - Gaston Litaize, Organ, MainArtist

A Warner Classics / Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics / Erato release, ℗ 1972 Warner Music France. Remastered 2020 Warner Music France

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24 Pièces de fantaisie, Suite No. 2, Op. 53: No. 2, Sicilienne
00:03:20

Louis Vierne, Composer - Gaston Litaize, Organ, MainArtist

A Warner Classics / Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics / Erato release, ℗ 1972 Warner Music France. Remastered 2020 Warner Music France

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24 Pièces de fantaisie, Suite No. 2, Op. 53: No. 3, Hymne au soleil
00:04:41

Louis Vierne, Composer - Gaston Litaize, Organ, MainArtist

A Warner Classics / Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics / Erato release, ℗ 1972 Warner Music France. Remastered 2020 Warner Music France

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24 Pièces de fantaisie, Suite No. 2, Op. 53: No. 4, Feux follets
00:04:18

Louis Vierne, Composer - Gaston Litaize, Organ, MainArtist

A Warner Classics / Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics / Erato release, ℗ 1972 Warner Music France. Remastered 2020 Warner Music France

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24 Pièces de fantaisie, Suite No. 2, Op. 53: No. 5, Clair de lune
00:06:49

Louis Vierne, Composer - Gaston Litaize, Organ, MainArtist

A Warner Classics / Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics / Erato release, ℗ 1972 Warner Music France. Remastered 2020 Warner Music France

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24 Pièces de fantaisie, Suite No. 2, Op. 53: No. 6, Toccata
00:04:00

Louis Vierne, Composer - Gaston Litaize, Organ, MainArtist

A Warner Classics / Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics / Erato release, ℗ 1972 Warner Music France. Remastered 2020 Warner Music France

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24 Pièces de fantaisie, Suite No. 3, Op. 54: No. 1, Dédicace
00:06:07

Louis Vierne, Composer - Gaston Litaize, Organ, MainArtist

A Warner Classics / Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics / Erato release, ℗ 1972 Warner Music France. Remastered 2020 Warner Music France

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24 Pièces de fantaisie, Suite No. 3, Op. 54: No. 2, Impromptu
00:03:04

Louis Vierne, Composer - Gaston Litaize, Organ, MainArtist

A Warner Classics / Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics / Erato release, ℗ 1972 Warner Music France. Remastered 2020 Warner Music France

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24 Pièces de fantaisie, Suite No. 3, Op. 54: No. 3, Étoile du soir
00:06:04

Louis Vierne, Composer - Gaston Litaize, Organ, MainArtist

A Warner Classics / Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics / Erato release, ℗ 1972 Warner Music France. Remastered 2020 Warner Music France

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24 Pièces de fantaisie, Suite No. 3, Op. 54: No. 4, Fantômes
00:06:19

Louis Vierne, Composer - Gaston Litaize, Organ, MainArtist

A Warner Classics / Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics / Erato release, ℗ 1972 Warner Music France. Remastered 2020 Warner Music France

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24 Pièces de fantaisie, Suite No. 3, Op. 54: No. 5, Sur le Rhin
00:06:06

Louis Vierne, Composer - Gaston Litaize, Organ, MainArtist

A Warner Classics / Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics / Erato release, ℗ 1972 Warner Music France. Remastered 2020 Warner Music France

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24 Pièces de fantaisie, Suite No. 3, Op. 54: No. 6, Carillon de Westminster
00:06:46

Louis Vierne, Composer - Gaston Litaize, Organ, MainArtist

A Warner Classics / Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics / Erato release, ℗ 1972 Warner Music France. Remastered 2020 Warner Music France

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24 Pièces de fantaisie, Suite No. 4, Op. 55: No. 1, Aubade
00:03:10

Louis Vierne, Composer - Gaston Litaize, Organ, MainArtist

A Warner Classics / Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics / Erato release, ℗ 1972 Warner Music France. Remastered 2020 Warner Music France

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24 Pièces de fantaisie, Suite No. 4, Op. 55: No. 2, Résignation
00:06:12

Louis Vierne, Composer - Gaston Litaize, Organ, MainArtist

A Warner Classics / Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics / Erato release, ℗ 1972 Warner Music France. Remastered 2020 Warner Music France

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24 Pièces de fantaisie, Suite No. 4, Op. 55: No. 3, Cathédrales
00:08:54

Louis Vierne, Composer - Gaston Litaize, Organ, MainArtist

A Warner Classics / Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics / Erato release, ℗ 1972 Warner Music France. Remastered 2020 Warner Music France

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24 Pièces de fantaisie, Suite No. 4, Op. 55: No. 4, Naïades
00:04:15

Louis Vierne, Composer - Gaston Litaize, Organ, MainArtist

A Warner Classics / Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics / Erato release, ℗ 1972 Warner Music France. Remastered 2020 Warner Music France

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24 Pièces de fantaisie, Suite No. 4, Op. 55: No. 5, Gargouilles et chimères
00:07:21

Louis Vierne, Composer - Gaston Litaize, Organ, MainArtist

A Warner Classics / Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics / Erato release, ℗ 1972 Warner Music France. Remastered 2020 Warner Music France

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24 Pièces de fantaisie, Suite No. 4, Op. 55: No. 6, Les cloches de Hinckley
00:06:57

Louis Vierne, Composer - Gaston Litaize, Organ, MainArtist

A Warner Classics / Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics / Erato release, ℗ 1972 Warner Music France. Remastered 2020 Warner Music France

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Gaston Litaize was one of the most important personalities of post-war Parisian music. He was blind from birth, a disciple of organists Marcel Dupré and Henri Büsser and a winner of the second Grand Prix de Rome for Musical Composition in 1938. Though despite having many recordings to his name, including several for Decca France and Pathé-Marconi, he has been totally forgotten.


So it’s a huge pleasure for us to rediscover his 1972 recording of Louis Vierne’s 24 Pièces de fantaisie. He had already championed the composer in 1970 on an LP that brought together the 6th Symphony and the Triptych, Op. 58 released on EMI. He sits at his beloved organ Saint-François-Xavier’s church in Paris, the organ he played for forty-five years.


Gaston Litaize’s recordings are very clear, acutely revealing Louis Vierne’s dense, dark, often tortuous contrapuntal style. And the dark atmosphere of Requiem æternam from the First Suite is nothing short of amazing. Let’s hope that Warner will continue to reissue the few rare LPs of a musician whose racy, implacable style continues to surprise today. © Pierre-Yves Lascar/Qobuz

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