The Playlist • Organ Classics — Commette and Dupré Play Charles Marie Widor (1929 – 1930)

MSP_HMV-D1898bUPDATE: Thanks to Nick Morgan, an independent researcher and discographer in the U.K., we now have the correct dates for the Commette sides, from Michael Gray’s CHARM data. As suspected, we were off by a couple of years (we’d guessed c. 1931 based solely on the U.S. release date, always a shaky way of determining recording dates). The correct date is April 18, 1929, and the original release was on French Columbia D 11078.

Last week we were lucky enough to pick up the late James Bratton’s collection of historic pipe-organ 78s at his estate sale in Denver. Bratton was a prominent organist, instructor, and journal editor who moved to Colorado from Baltimore (where he had studied at the Peabody Conservatory) in the early 1970s. We’ll be posting some of the most interesting recordings from his collection on the blog from time to time.

The Dupré data are from the original Gramophone Company files, courtesy of Dr. Alan Kelly in the UK. The crackle, unfortunately, is a feature of most British HMV pressings of the period, even on pristine copies like this one.

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EDOUARD COMMETTE (Organ of St. Jean Cathedral, Lyons, France):
Symphony No. 2 (Widor): Finale

Columbia 50285-D (mx. [W] LX 1004 – 1)
Lyons, France: April 18, 1929

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EDOUARD COMMETTE (Organ of St. Jean Cathedral, Lyons, France):
Symphony No. 4 (Widor): Toccata

Columbia 50285-D (mx. [W] LX 1005 – 1)
Lyons, France: April 18, 1929

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MARCEL DUPRÉ (Organ of Alexandra Palace, London):
Variations from Fifth Symphony (Widor) — Conclusion

His Master’s Voice D.1898 (mx. CR 2750 – 2)
London (relay to van): March 17, 1930