This recording of Bach's great Fantasia in g minor BWV 542/1 for Organ was made in 1928
by Louis Vierne seated at the historic 1868 console of the world famous Cavaille-Coll Grand Organ of the Cathedral de Notre-Dame, Paris, France.
While the instrument at the time was in serious need of repair, renovation, and tuning, this recording captures the glorious sound that Vierne knew from this organ and for which he wrote his greatest Organ music -- a sound
which subsequent renovations and enlargements of the instrument over time and with the best of intentions have failed to preserve.
One notes in this recording, among other things, the incredible clarity in such wet acoustics brought about by Vierne's employment of imperceivably broken touch for the rapidly moving lines in this music.
The webmaster of this web site can trace his lineage tutorially back to Louis Vierne and dedicated his Prelude Internationale Op. 5 from Ten Pieces for Organ Op. 1-9, composed in 2015, to the memory of this great French master.
We sincerely thank the producers for posting this historic sound track and slide show for public viewing.