Once Upon a Time… At The Walt Disney Concert Hall

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At its official opening in October 2003, Walt Disney Concert Hall (a generous gift from the widow of Walt Disney) was hailed as an acoustical triumph. A year later the organ was inaugurated, built by Manuel Rosales. With its curved wooden pipes shooting out like an explosion of Roman candle fireworks the instrument is a masterpiece of design and its stunning musical possibilities made it one of the most remarkable organs in the world.

The program played by Jean-Baptiste Robin is perfectly suited to the huge potential of the instrument: the selection of musical fairy tales (Ravel, Massenet, Debussy, Duruflé, Tchaikovsky, Chopin and Robin) brings out a myriad of colours, timbres and sonorities of a truly symphonic scope.
French organist Jean-Baptiste Robin is one of the foremost organists of today. His recordings on Brilliant Classics include works by Alain and a recording of the American Symphonic Organ built by E.M. Skinner in the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal.
The booklet contains excellent liner notes on the music as well as a description and specifications of the organ.

Composers: Ravel, Massenet, Debussy, Duruflé, Tchaikovsky, Chopin and Robin
Artist: Jean-Baptiste Robin (organ)

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Like Virgil Fox before him, Jean-Baptiste Robin has a mission to popularize the organ by performing music on it that might already be familiar in other versions. The French virtuoso already has an estimable discography of his own and other composers’ music, including a well-received debut on Brilliant Classics, ‘Symphonic Organ’ (94726), which features the showpiece E.M. Skinner instrument now located in the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal in Cincinnati, Ohio.

For his latest album, Robin has pitched up in Los Angeles to play the kaleidoscopic Rosales organ installed in 2004 at the Walt Disney Concert Hall organ. This has already featured on recordings of the Saint-Saëns
Third Symphony, and its reeds and mixtures are eminently suited to the colours of the French Romantic repertoire.

And in a hall sponsored by Disney, why not tell magical stories?

Jean-Baptiste Robin:
0:00:00 Improvisation on Fairy Tales

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky:
0:03:30 Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker, Op. 71a

Jules Massenet:
0:05:17 Les Mandores from Cendrillon

Maurice Duruflé:
0:07:25 Suite Op. 5: I. Prélude
0:16:41 Suite Op. 5: II. Sicilienne
0:23:19 Suite Op. 5: III. Toccata

Claude Debussy:
0:31:29 Suite bergamasque: III. Clair de lune

Marcel Dupré:
0:36:43 Deuxième esquisse, Op. 41 No. 2 in B-Flat Minor

Frédéric Chopin:
0:40:51 Prélude No. 15 in D-Flat Major, Op. 28

Maurice Ravel:
0:48:39 Ma mère l’oye, M.60: I. Pavane de la belle au bois dormant
0:50:26 Ma mère l’oye, M.60: II. Petit poucet
0:54:13 Ma mère l’oye, M.60: III. Laideronnette, impératrice des pagodes
0:57:58 Ma mère l’oye, M.60: IV. Les entretiens de la belle et de la bête
1:02:35 Ma mère l’oye, M.60: V. Le jardin féérique

Jean-Baptiste Robin:
1:06:02 The Hands of Time

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