CD REVIEWS



WORKS BY ALEXIS CHAUVET (1837-1871) AT THE VERSAILLES CATHEDRAL OF SAINT-LOUIS (F.-H. CLICQUOT/A. CAVAILLÉ-COLL) AND IN THE PARISH CHURCH IN MARINES (1933 EIGHT-STOP JOHN ABBEY ORGAN), (EMA 9502, 1997, DISTRIBUTION SOCADISC, ema@imaginet.fr):

"We congratulate Carolyn Shuster for giving us this tasteful and sympathetically performed sampling." (The American Organist, December, 1998);

"Carolyn Shuster's interpretation of Alexis Chauvet's music is energetic, clear and colourful, entirely faithful to the composer's spirit. A beautiful contribution to 19th century French music." (Michel Roubinet in Diapason).
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IN MEMORIAM MARCEL DUPRÉ WITH THE VIOLONCELLIST JULIUS BERGER, on the A. Cavaillé-Coll Organ at the St. Bernhard Church in Mainz and he Merklin-Schütze Organ at the Saint-Esprit Reformed Church in Paris (SCHOTT, 2001, ORG 7201 2, MC 01394, www.ifo-records.de)
   

Works by Jean-Dominique Pasquet, Marcel Dupré, Louis Vierne, Camille Saint-Saëns and Emile Bourdon.

"Julius Berger plays with such poetical eloquence. The balance between the cello and the organ is perfect." (Classica-Répertoire, November, 2004).




"AN AMERICAN IN PARIS" AT LA MADELEINE CHURCH IN PARIS (LIGIA DIGITAL, Lidi 0109151-04, 2004, DISTRIBUTION HARMONIA MUNDI, ligia.digital@sfr.fr)

Works by Alexis Chauvet, Marcel Fournier, César Franck, Alexandre Guilmant, Charles Ives, Olivier Messiaen and Louis Vierne.

    "Beautiful panache...and beautiful moments in the pieces that are filled with strange emotion and delightful sounds. ... The Ives is the cherry on this cake in this American in Paris." (Michel Roubinet, Le Monde de la Musique, July-August, 2005);

    "This is an absolutely superb CD; all organ lovers should acquire this recording." (Alain Duault, R.T.L. RADIO, Paris, France, April, 2005);

    "One appreciates Carolyn Shuster Fournier's beautiful energetic playing in the brilliant pieces...Between the hit pieces, there are beautiful discoveries, including Marcel Fournier's Bells, recorded for the very first time. Carolyn Shuster demonstrates her fine sense of registrations and atmosphere and her warm playing sums up this record which is a recommended addition to the symphonic repertory." (Paul de Louit, Diapason, avril, 2005).

 

 

 

"IN MEMORIAM NADIA BOULANGER (1887-1979), ON THE A. CAVAILL-COLL ORGAN AT THE ST.-ANTOINE-DES-QUINZE-VINGTS CHURCH IN PARIS, AVEC LA PARTICIPATION OF MAGALI LEGER, SOPRANO) (LIGIA DIGITAL, Lidi 0109206-09, 2010, DISTRIBUTION HARMONIA MUNDI, ligia-digital@sfr.fr )

The first recording of the complete organ works of Nadia Boulanger with works by Lili Boulanger, David Conte, Aaron Copland, Gabriel Fauré, Jean Françaix, Jacques Ibert and Noël Lee).

     "Carolyn Shuster Fournier has recorded Nadia Boulanger's complete organ works for the first time, with rarely heard poetic connections. Their success, their density contain matter that makes one dream. We are first of all transported by the melodic line. The admirable Pièce sur les airs populaires flamands thus narrates one's childhood with humour, nostalgia  and even with insistence. If it's original or borrowed from popular tunes, the melody makes the work a tale and the organist is a narrator. It required all of Carolyn Shuster Fournier's art to retrace this enchanting moments, gay without excess, melancholical without sadness. Animated by delicates colors of the Cavaillé-Coll at Saint-Antoine-des-Quinze-Vingts, the organist charms the listener with pastel tones. In the same spirit, Jean Françaix's admirable Suite Carmélite, inspired by Bernanos' work, completes this record. These solemn and happy portraits of nuns just before their martyr continues with great subtility.

"Carolyn Shuster Fournier has transcribed the fine harmonic nuances of these pages with art and suspension, emphasizing their ambivalent feelings. Following the example of the two Pie Jesu by Lili Boulanger and Gabriel Fauré, sung here by Magali Léger, the organ expresses with interiority and subtleness the undefined space between the melancholic heaven of one's childhood and that of a paradise to come." - David Loison, Classica, December 2010 and January 2011, p. 114, www.qobuz.com/classica.



I have also recorded numerous CDs on the Aristide Cavaillé-Coll Choir Organ at the Trinité Church in Paris:

Gabriel Fauré's Cantique de Racine, Mozart's Ave verum corpus and Gioacchino Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle, with the Trinité Choir, Thursday, March 29, 2001 (http://choeurtrinite.free.fr)

Gabriel Fauré's Requiem and Jacques Castérède's Trois Visions de l'Apocalypse with the Trinité Choir and Orchestra directed by Fabrice Grégorutti, 2004, MARCAL Classics (MA 041201 DDD, marc.lipka@wanadoo.fr) which received the "Olivier Messiaen Prize" from the Académie du Disque lyrique 2005.

Fabrice Grégorutti's Et Verbum Caro, with Gisèle Casadesus, recitant, and the Trinité Choir and Orchestra directed by Fabrice Grégorutti, 2006, MARCAL Classics (MA 060302, marc.lipka@wanadoo.fr).

Emile Paladilhe's Stabat mater, World Premiere, with the Orcestre Français d'Oratorio directed by Jean-Pierre Lo Ré, Erol (ER 200026), 2008, www.requiem-voices.com.


 

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