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Metamorphoses for a Cavaillé-Coll Organ – Transcriptions of Russian Music

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Metamorphoses for a Cavaillé-Coll Organ – Transcriptions of Russian Music

The sonic aesthetics of the Cavaillé-Coll organ in the cathedral of Saint-Omer naturally combine refinement and opulence. This instrument is an ideal medium to convey the musical and sonic transformations presented in this recording: the transcriptions bring out surprising sounds and details of the original works, creating new and unique listening experiences.more

Dmitri Shostakovich | Sergei Prokofiev | Sergei Rachmaninov | Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky | Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

The sonic aesthetics of the Cavaillé-Coll organ in the cathedral of Saint-Omer naturally combine refinement and opulence. This instrument is an ideal medium to convey the musical and sonic transformations presented in this recording: the transcriptions bring out surprising sounds and details of the original works, creating new and unique listening experiences.

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Dmitri Shostakovich | Sophie Rétaux String Quartet No. 8, Op. 110 (24:09) Sophie Rétaux

Sergei Prokofiev | Sophie Rétaux Visions fugitives, Op. 22 (13:04) Sophie Rétaux

Sergei RachmaninovSophie Rétaux

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky | Reginald Goss-Custard The Nutcracker, Op. 71 (02:33) Sophie Rétaux

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov | Sophie Rétaux Scheherazade, Op. 35 (14:46) Sophie Rétaux

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky | Sophie Rétaux Swan Lake, Op. 20 (02:44) Sophie Rétaux

Sergei RachmaninovSophie Rétaux



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Dmitri Shostakovich | Sophie Rétaux Suite for Variety Orchestra (03:52) Sophie Rétaux

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​The Cavaillé-Coll organ in the cathedral of Saint-Omer is testament to the skill and talent of its famous constructor. The instrument's sonic aesthetics naturally combine refinement and opulence. The organ is thus an ideal medium to convey the musical and sonic transformations presented by this recording: Shostakovich's string quartet movement, piano pieces by Prokofiev and Rachmaninov as well as orchestral works by Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky are all expanded by the transcriptions which bring out surprising sounds and details of the original works, creating new and unique listening experiences.

Sophie Rétaux is titular organist of the Aristide Cavaillé-Coll organ of the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Saint-Omer (France). To promote this exceptional instrument, she began transcribing major works of the chamber music and symphonic repertoire from the post-romantic and modern periods for her instrument.
Several Prizes at international organ competitions launched her concert career in France and abroad. An avid chamber musician, she performs as frequently on the piano as she does on the organ, as well as on the harpsichord and the fortepiano.

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Fanfare | August 2018 | James A. Altena | August 1, 2018

Transcription for organ of repertoire originally composed for other instrumental media—orchestra, string quartet, and piano in this instance—is aMehr lesen

Transcription for organ of repertoire originally composed for other instrumental media—orchestra, string quartet, and piano in this instance—is a rather tricky business. It is not just a matter of finding effective counterparts in the organ stops to the original instrumental timbres—fairly easy to do for orchestral instruments, but next to impossible for piano—but also to reflect such specifications as dynamic shading, accent, and articulation. As a wind instrument with a good deal of inherent reverberation, the organ is really not capable of producing a true staccato, marcato, or sforzando, nor can it imitate the dying away of a note suddenly struck and released on a piano or string instrument, much less a pizzicato. These factors all need to be weighed in deciding whether a piece is suitable for transcription in the first place—some works should not even be candidates—before moving on to attempts at addressing and resolving such difficulties.

Here, unfortunately, I don’t think sufficient thought was given to such crucial preliminary considerations. Most of the selections on this disc—particularly the Shostakovich Quartet, which is a hopeless misfit here and virtually unrecognizable—are manifestly unsuited to organ transcription; only some of the Prokofiev pieces, with their macabre atmospheres, manage to come off. The Rachmaninoff Preludes and the Tchaikovsky Nutcracker excerpt lose all their needed articulation (repeated notes are just a smear of sound) and come off as too mushy and spongy; the excerpts from Swan Lake and Scheherazade suffer from some poorly considered choices of stops. In addition, Sophie Rétaux’s playing is too cautious and occasionally given to overly slow tempos. I have no complaints about the instrument itself, the Cavaillé-Coll organ of Saint-Omer, where Rétaux is the organist, or the fine recorded sound. The booklet in the digipak comes with trilingual German-English-French program notes and artist bio, complete specifications for the organ, and photos. For a vastly superior instance of successful transcription of orchestral and piano repertoire for organ, see the disc by Tobias Frank that I review elsewhere in this issue. This one is regretfully not recommended.
Transcription for organ of repertoire originally composed for other instrumental media—orchestra, string quartet, and piano in this instance—is a

www.pizzicato.lu | 26/04/2018 | Guy Engels | April 26, 2018 | source: https://www.pizz... Mächtig, aber fein

Bei Cavaillé-Coll-Orgeln erwartet man zunächst gewaltiges Klangrauschen. Die monumentalen Instrumente des legendären Orgelbauers sind derMehr lesen

Bei Cavaillé-Coll-Orgeln erwartet man zunächst gewaltiges Klangrauschen. Die monumentalen Instrumente des legendären Orgelbauers sind der Eckpfeiler der großen romantischen Orgelschule, die mit eignen Symphonien ein ganz neues Genre geschaffen hat.

Eine Cavaillé-Coll kann aber selbstverständlich auch ganz anders klingen, kann klanglich differenzieren und destillieren. Anders wären die Bearbeitungen russischer Symphonik, wie sie Sophie Rétaux auf dieser Produktion vorstellt, ein unmögliches Unterfangen.

Wie will man die ironische Schärfe eines Shostakovich, die flüchtigen Momente eines Prokofiev, die zierlichen Tanzschritte eines Tchaikovsky oder die farbenreiche Sprache eines Rimsky-Korsakov richtig umsetzen, wenn man das machtvolle Gebilde der Cavaillé-Coll in Saint-Omer nicht bändigen kann. Sophie Rétaux kann das meisterlich. Gönnt man sich einige Distanz zu den Originalen, entstehen hier starke Interpretationen, die ihre ganz eigene Sprache sprechen, die klanglich bis ins Detail durchdacht sind, ohne dass man den Eindruck haben muss, die Vorlage hätte sich unverhältnismäßiger plastischer Chirurgie unterzogen.

On the majestic Cavaillé-Coll organ in Saint-Omer, Sophie Rétaux convincingly shows how differentiated and detailed the instrument can sound, when the organist is able to fully control it.
Bei Cavaillé-Coll-Orgeln erwartet man zunächst gewaltiges Klangrauschen. Die monumentalen Instrumente des legendären Orgelbauers sind der

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Sophie Rétaux zeigt damit einmal mehr, dass sie nicht nur eine intime Kennerin ihres Cavaillé-Coll-Instruments ist sondern auch eine vorzügliche Orgel-Orchestratorin.Mehr lesen

Aus urheberrechtlichen Gründen dürfen wir ihnen diese Rezension leider nicht zeigen!
Sophie Rétaux zeigt damit einmal mehr, dass sie nicht nur eine intime Kennerin ihres Cavaillé-Coll-Instruments ist sondern auch eine vorzügliche Orgel-Orchestratorin.

www.highresaudio.com | 01.03.2018 | March 1, 2018 | source: https://www.high...

Die Transkriptionen machen überraschende Klänge und Details der Originale hörbar und werden so zum neuen, eigenständigen Hörerlebnis.Mehr lesen

Aus urheberrechtlichen Gründen dürfen wir ihnen diese Rezension leider nicht zeigen!
Die Transkriptionen machen überraschende Klänge und Details der Originale hörbar und werden so zum neuen, eigenständigen Hörerlebnis.

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Metamorphoses for a Cavaillé-Coll Organ – Transcriptions of Russian Music
article number: 97.739
EAN barcode: 4022143977397
price group: BCA
release date: 2. March 2018
total time: 71 min.

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