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Help us fund our new film on the organs' of Aristide Cavaille-Coll.

:The Genius of Cavaillé-Coll

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The Genius of Cavaille-Coll Bestenliste prizeBest DVD Documentary - BBC Music Magazine Awards 2014


The Genius of Cavaillé-Coll celebrates the life and work of Aristide Cavaillé-Coll (1811 – 1899), the great French organ builder whose work inspired the magnificent compositions of the French Romantic Organ School – Franck, Widor, and Guilmant.

The centrepiece of this lavish boxed-set is a three-part, 156-minute documentary about Cavaillé-Coll’s life and work. Two further DVDs include demonstrations of fifteen organs and more than three hours of music (all recorded in full surround sound). Two CDs feature a survey of French organ music from 1830 to 1900. An 80-page booklet contains specifications and colour photos of all the organs, track details and an introductory essay.


"The Genius of Cavaillé-Coll is a triumph - a fascinating and captivating film of huge scope and ambition. Lovers of organ music will be very grateful indeed." BBC Music Magazine

"I can unreservedly commend this magnificent production which so eloquently celebrates Cavaillé-Coll, and which lays before us such a glorious banquet of ravishing sounds and images." The Organists' Review

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  • 5 Disc Pack: 3 x DVD, 2 x CD
  • 80 Page full-colour booklet containing organ specifications and photos
  • 16:9 Widescreen
  • Region Free NTSC DVD, will play anywhere in the world
  • DTS Digital Surround 96/24™ 2.0 / 4.0 / 5.1 (96kHz 24bit playback on compatible equipment, compatible with all DTS equipment for 48kHz playback)
  • Dolby Digital Surround 2.0
  • All music recorded by 'BBC Music Technical Excellence' award winning engineer, David Hinitt.
  • Languages: English and Français
  • Subtitles: English, Français, Deutsch



Summary of Contents:

For a comprehensive list of contents please <click here>

  • DVD1 The Genius of Cavaillé-Coll (Three-Part Documentary – 156 minutes)
  • DVD2 The Organs of Cavaillé-Coll (Demonstrations and Music – 202 minutes)
  • DVD3 Après Cavaillé-Coll (Demonstrations and Music – 139 minutes)
  • CD 1 and 2 The Sounds of Cavaillé-Coll (Music – 142 minutes)

Saint-Ouen Rouen Cavaille-CollOrganists

Michel Bouvard
Gerard Brooks
Jean-Pierre Griveau
Olivier Latry
Kurt Lueders
Thomas Monnet
David Noël-Hudson
Pierre Pincemaille
Daniel Roth
Carolyn Shuster-Fournier


Basilique-Cathédrale de Saint-Denis (1840)
Saint-Louis, Bédarieux (1843)
Cathédrale Sainte-Croix d’Orléans, orgue de choeur (1846)
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Saint-Omer (1855)
Saint-Louis d’Antin, Paris (1858)
Saint-Sulpice, Paris (1862)
Saint-Maurice de Bécon, Courbevoie (1865)
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris (1868)
Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Long-sur-Somme (1877)
Cathédrale Sainte-Croix d’Orléans, grand-orgue (1880)
Saint-Etienne, Elbeuf, orgue de choeur (1882)
Basilique Saint-Sernin, Toulouse (1889)
Saint-Ouen, Rouen (1890)
Saint-Rémy, Selongey (1893)
Saint-Antoine des Quinze-Vingts, Paris (1894)

Music by

François Benoist 1794 – 1878
Alexandre-Pierre François Boëly 1785 – 1858
Léon Boëllmann 1862 – 1897
Jean Bouvard 1905 – 1996
Charles-Alexis Chauvet 1837 – 1871
Maurice Duruflé 1902 – 1986
Charles-Alexandre Fessy 1804 – 1856
César Franck 1822 – 1890
Jean-Pierre Griveau 1968 –
Alexandre Guilmant 1837 – 1911
Louis-James-Alfred Lefébure-Wély 1817 – 1869
Jacques-Nicolas Lemmens 1823 - 1881
Franz Liszt 1811 – 1886
Camille Saint-Saens 1835 – 1921
Théodore Salomé 1834 – 1896
Henri Victor Tournaillon 1832 – 1887
Louis Vierne 1870 – 1937
Charles-Marie Widor 1844 – 1937

Improvisations by

Olivier Latry
Pierre Pincemaille
Daniel Roth

Cavaille-Coll age 25

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