January 20, 2017
The new album 'Voyages': a guided tour of the organ of the Philharmonie de Paris
A note from Olivier Latry, organist of the Philharmonie de Paris and the first to record an album on the concert hall's unique instrument:
"Any visitor entering the great hall of the Philharmonie de Paris for the first time is immediately struck by the beauty of the place, its harmony and lightness, qualities which in no way detract from the overall feeling of space and power emanating from it.
"But then the visitor looks in greater detail and notices several features which consistently call to mind the purpose of the building: isn't that balcony reminiscent of the black lacquered lid of a huge grand piano? Couldn't those pipes arranged on a cloud actually be… an 'organ"?'
"So before even hearing a single note, the visitor has the pleasant impression that 'the whole place is all about music'. There are many subtle references. But everything adds up to making one feel that one is in a temple dedicated to the art of sound. In just a few moments visual delight will combine with auditory delight…
"This hitherto unimaginable world now on view irresistibly invites exploration. We can make out ladders, footbridges, passageways. It looks as if we could wander around inside, like we would in an ancient building, a church or a castle, in the countryside, in a forest or in the mountains. But this maze, apart from looking alluring, has just one single purpose: to make the surrounding space sing. A space within a space, bonded for all time with the environment in which it is housed, the inherent rapport between the organ which we are about to hear and its surroundings means that it is without a shadow of doubt the soul of the Philharmonie.
May the listener relax and be transported to rediscover universal music illuminated by an instrument with so many attributes."
Olivier Latry's Philharmonie de Paris organ recital album, Voyages, is out 20 January.