Jeanne Demessieux – The Decca Legacy
Jeanne Demessieux
Label
Decca
Catalogue No.
4841424
Barcode
00028948414246
Format
8-CD
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CD 1
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685–1750)
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
(Rec. 1947)

FELIX MENDELSSOHN (1809–1847)
Sonata in A major, Op. 65 No. 3 – Maestoso

JEREMIAH CLARKE (1674–1707)
Trumpet Tune (formally attrib. Henry Purcell / Trans. Marcel Dupré)

CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR
(1844–1937)
Toccata (Symphonie V, Op. 42 No. 1)

CÉSAR FRANCK (1822–1890)
Cantabile (Trois Pièces)
Pastorale
(Six Pièces)
Fantaisie
(Trois Pièces)

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685–1750)
Prelude and Fugue in D major, BWV 532
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
(Rec. 1951)

Jeanne Demessieux at the organ of St. Mark’s, North Audley Street, London

CD 2
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685–1750)
Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV 564
Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 543
Chorale Prelude: Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein, BWV 641
(from Orgelbüchlein)
Chorale Prelude: Nun komm’ der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659 (from 18 Chorale Preludes)
Chorale Prelude: Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, BWV 688 (from Clavierübung III)
Fugue in G major (à la gigue), BWV 577
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542
Concerto in A minor, BWV 593
(Based on Vivaldi’s Concerto in A minor, Op. 3 No. 8, RV 522)

Jeanne Demessieux
at the organ of Victoria Hall, Geneva

CD 3
CÉSAR FRANCK (1822–1890)
Trois Chorals

FRANZ LISZT (1811–1886)
Fantasia and Fugue on ‘Ad nos, as salutarem undam’

CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR (1844–1937)
Variations
(Symphonie gothique, Op. 70)

Jeanne Demessieux
at the organ of Victoria Hall, Geneva

CD 4
GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL (1685–1759)
Organ Concerto in G minor, Op. 4 No. 1, HWV 289
Organ Concerto in B flat major, Op. 4 No. 2, HWV 290

Jeanne Demessieux at the organ of Victoria Hall, Geneva
L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Ernest Ansermet

HEINRICH SCHÜTZ (1585–1672)
Eile mich, Gott, zu erretten, SWV 282

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685–1750)
Bist du bei mir, BWV 508
Komm, süßer Tod, komm, selge Ruh’, BWV 478
Warum betrübst du dich, BWV 516

Suzanne Danco, soprano
Jeanne Demessieux at the organ of Victoria Hall, Geneva

FRANZ LISZT (1811–1886)
Prelude and Fugue on B.A.C.H

CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR (1844–1937)
Allegro (Symphony No. 6, Op. 42 No. 2)

ÉDOUARD MIGNAN (1884–1969)
Toccata médiévale

JEAN BERVEILLER (1904–1976)
Mouvement

JEANNE DEMESSIEUX (1921–1968)
Te Deum, Op. 11

Jeanne Demessieux at the organ of La Madeleine, Paris

CD 5
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685–1750)
Choral Prelude: O Mensch, bewein’ dein’ Sünde groß, BWV 622
(from Orgelbüchlein)
Chorale Prelude: Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kam, BWV 684
(from Clavierübung III)
Fantasia in G major, BWV 572
Sinfonia from Cantata No. 29, BWV 29
(Trans: Marcel Dupré)
Chorale-Prelude: Erbarm’ dich mein, o Herre Gott, BWV 721
Toccata and Fugue in F major, BWV 540

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756–1791)
Adagio and Fugue in C minor, KV 546 / 426
(Adagio: transc. Demessieux; Fugue: transc. Dupré)
Fantasia in F minor, KV 608

Jeanne Demessieux at the organ of La Madeleine, Paris

CD 6
CÉSAR FRANCK (1822–1890)
Six Pièces

Jeanne Demessieux at the organ of La Madeleine, Paris

CD 7
CÉSAR FRANCK (1822–1890)
Trois Pièces
Trois Chorals

Jeanne Demessieux
at the organ of La Madeleine, Paris

CD 8
OLIVIER MESSIAEN (1908–1992)
Transports de joie d’une âme devant la gloire du Christ qui est la sienne
(L’Ascension)

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685–1750)
Choral Prelude: Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 731

JEAN BERVEILLER (1904–1976)
Mouvement

CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR (1844–1937)
Toccata
(Symphonie V, Op. 42 No. 1)

Jeanne Demessieux at the organ of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

Live Recording from the BBC – Previously Unpublished
DIETERICH BUXTEHUDE (1637–1707)
Fugue in C major, BuxWV 174

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685–1750)
Choral Prelude: Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 731

CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR (1844–1937)
Allegro vivace
(Symphonie V, Op. 42 No. 1)

JEANNE DEMESSIEUX (1921–1968)
Improvisation on a theme submitted by Adrian Beaumont

Jeanne Demessieux at the organ of Colston Hall, Bristol

Please note: CD 8 is released in physical format only and is not available on digital services.

Recording information

CD 1
Recording Producers: Terence Gibbs (Bach: BWV 565 – 1947 recording, Mendelssohn); Victor Olof (Clarke, Widor); John Culshaw (Franck: Pastorale, Fantaisie; Bach: BWV 532, BWV 565 – 1950 recording); unknown (Franck: Cantabile)
Balance Engineer: Kenneth Wilkinson (Mendelssohn, Clarke, Widor); unknown (Bach, Franck)
Recording Location: St. Mark’s, North Audley Street, London, UK, 6 May (Bach: BWV 565 – tracks 1, 2), 7 May (Mendelssohn, Clarke), 31 October 1947 (Widor), 30 April 1949 (Franck: Cantabile), 19 October (Franck: Pastorale, Bach: BWV 532, BWV 565 – 1950 recording), 20 October 1950 (Franck: Fantaisie)
Original Decca Releases: K1635 (Bach: BWV 565 – 1947 recording): October 1947; K1700 (Mendelssohn): March 1949; K1914 (Clarke): August 1948; K1914 (Widor): August 1948; K2360 (Franck: Cantabile): June 1950; LXT 2578 (Franck: Pastorale, Fantaisie; Bach: BWV 532, BWV 565 – 1950 recording): May 1951
Audio Restoration Engineer: Mark Obert-Thorn (Bach: BWV 565 – 1947 recording, Mendelssohn, Clarke, Widor, Franck: Cantabile)

CD 2
Recording Producer: Victor Olof
Balance Engineer: Gil Went
Recording Location: Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland, October 1953 (Bach: BWV 564, 543, 641, 659, 688, 577, 565, 542), 5–6 May 1955 (Bach: BWV 593)
Original Decca Releases: LXT 2915 (Bach: BWV 564, 543, 641, 659, 688, 577): April 1954; LW 5095 (Bach: BWV 565, 542): March 1954; LXT 5185 (Bach: BWV 593): November 1956

CD 3
Recording Producer: Victor Olof
Balance Engineers: Gil Went (Franck); Arthur Haddy (Liszt, Widor)
Recording Location: Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland, 5–6 May 1955 (Franck), October 1952 (Liszt, Widor)
Original Decca Releases: LXT 5185: November 1956 (Franck); LXT 2773: February 1953 (Liszt, Widor)

CD 4
Recording Producers: Victor Olof (Handel, Schütz, Bach); unknown (Liszt, Widor, Mignan, Berveiller, Demessieux)
Balance Engineers: Arthur Haddy (Handel, Schütz, Bach); unknown (Liszt, Widor, Mignan, Berveiller, Demessieux)
Recording Locations: Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland, October 1952 (Handel, Schütz, Bach); Église de la Madeleine, Paris, France, July 1958 (Liszt, Widor, Mignan, Berveillier, Demessieux)
Original Releases: Decca LXT 2759 (Handel): January 1953; Decca LX 3113 (Schütz, Bach): July 1953; Decca France (Liszt, Widor, Mignan, Berveiller, Demessieux)

CD 5
Recording Producers: unknown
Balance Engineers: unknown
Recording Location: Église de la Madeleine, Paris, France, 1958
Original Releases: Decca CEP 500000 (Bach: BWV 622); Decca France 173.866 (Bach: BWV 684, 572, 29, 721, 540); Decca France 173.867 (Mozart)
Transfers and Audio Restoration: Giulio Rusconi (Bach: BWV 684, 572)

CD 6
Recording Producers: unknown
Balance Engineers: unknown
Recording Location: Église de la Madeleine, Paris, France, July 1959
Original Decca Releases: Decca France FAT 173914–17: 1960. Also released in the UK on SDD 203 (Fantaisie, Grande pièce symphonique) and SDD 204 (Prélude, Fugue et Variation, Pastorale, Prière, Final): September 1969

CD 7
Recording Producers: unknown
Balance Engineers: unknown
Recording Location: Église de la Madeleine, Paris, July 1959
Original Decca Releases: Decca France FAT 173914–17: 1960. Also released in the UK on SDD 202 (Fantaisie, Cantabile, Pièce héroïque, Choral No. 1), SDD 203 (Choral No. 2) and SDD 204 (Choral No. 3): September 1969

CD 8
MESSIAEN, BACH, BERVEILLER, WIDOR
Recording Producer
: Norman Austin
Balance Engineer: John Timperley
Recording Location: Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool, UK, 1967
Original Decca Release: SDD 236: 1970

BBC RADIO BROADCAST – BUXTEHUDE, BACH, WIDOR, MESSIAEN, DEMESSIEUX
Recording Producer: unknown
Recording Engineer: unknown
Recording Location: Colston Hall, Bristol, UK, 1967
Original BBC Radio Broadcast: 7 September 1967

Reviews

“This young French player has an amazing technique and uses a considerable variety of touch” Gramophone, October 1947 (Bach, BWV 565 – 1947 recording)

“This really is that very rare thing, organ playing with imagination … Without pretending to authority, I feel that I had stepped into Westminster Abbey in Purcell’s time I might have heard organ playing which sounded like this” Gramophone, September 1948 (Clarke, attr. Purcell)

“… a deep dream of peace to soothe a tortured world … Miss Demessieux gives a most restrained and finely-phrased performance” Gramophone, August 1950 (Franck: Cantabile – 1949 recording)

“a wonderful piece of engineering, as faithful a reproduction of organ sound as I have ever heard” Gramophone, June 1954 (Bach: LW 5095)

“Jeanne Demessieux gives a nobly authoritative performance [of Messiaen’s Transports de joie]. Then, in complete contrast, comes an exquisite treatment of the Bach chorale prelude, Liebster Jesu, wir sind her on some luscious soft stops.” Gramophone, January 1968 (Organ of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral)

“Demessieux’s performance of these Franck works is as authoritative as anything we are likely to hear” Gramophone, September 1969 (Franck Organ works – 1959 recordings)