Monday, October 4, 2010

Louis Vierne - how cool is this?

Espoo cathedral parish organist and music director Petri Koivusalo plays "Carillon de Westminster" by Louis Vierne. This is the final track of CD/Multichannel SACD "Espoon tuomiokirkon urut" (The Organ of Espoo Cathedral, Finland), MKSACD-43/FUGA-9292.

Espoo Cathedral is one of the oldest buildings in the metropolitan area of Finland. It is a medium-sized medieval stone church, built in 1480. The organ of the cathedral has 38 stops and it represents the neoclassic style of the Danish organ reform movement. It was built by Organ Builder Veikko Virtanen (Finland) in 1967, number of stops were added in 1989. The present organ will be dismantled in February 2010 and a new Ladegast-style organ will be installed in 2012.

This CD/SACD was produced as a document of this particular organ, but also as a farewell to the organ. Other composers on this disc are Bach, Rheinberger, Mendelssohn, Merikanto, Lindberg, Kokkonen and Salonen. More information can be found from www.impressions.fi and www.fuga.fi.

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