Magazine article The Tracker

The Great Organ of Saint-ÉTienne-Du-Mont

Magazine article The Tracker

The Great Organ of Saint-ÉTienne-Du-Mont

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Pétur Sakari, The Great Organ of Saint-Étienne-du-Mont, Paris. BIS1969 SACD, available from Naxos. Pétur Sakari is a young Finnish organist, about 24 years old, who has studied with Vincent Warnier, student of and successor to Marie-Madeleine Duruflé, and Terry Escaich, successor to Maurice Duruflé. Since the Duruflés presided over the organ at SaintÉtienne, Sakari's performance of the Duruflé Suite, Op. 5, has a special importance. He also plays works of Tournetnire, Vierne, Messiaen, and Dupré. His playing is facile and exciting.

The organ still has its original case of 1633. There are surviving parts in the organ from the workshops of Pescheur (1636), Clicquot (1777), Cavaillé-Coll (1863), Beuchet-Debierre (1956), and Gonzalez (1973), and the present state is the work of Dargassies in 1991. With so many cooks it's a wonder that the broth is not spoiled, but the organ gives a convincing account of itself and is in reasonably good tune. …

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