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