# Composer: Olivier Messiaen
# Performer: Louis Thiry
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Calliope Records | CAL 1927
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.79GB), 24-bit/96kHz (908MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (223MB)
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“Louis Thiry is an extraordinary organist. An accomplished virtuoso, an all-round musician, with unequaled memory and skill: he may be classed among the heroes of music (he has given several fine performances of my most difficult organ works – in particular my “Messe de la Pentecôte”). All those who have heard and all those who will hear Louis Thiry can but admire him.”
– Olivier Messiaen
Louis Thiry (born 1935 in Fléville-devant-Nancy), is a French organist, composer and pedagogue.
Thiry studied at the Nancy Conservatoire, where he received a first prize in organ at the Nancy Conservatory (organ class of Jeanne Demessieux) in 1952, followed by studies with André Marchal at Institut National des Jeunes Aveugles in Paris. In 1958, Thiry graduated with a first prize in organ performance at the Paris Conservatoire (organ class of Rolande Falcinelli).
He has taken part in many festivals all over the world, including Lille Besançon, Festival estival de Paris, Haarlem, the Messiaen Festival in Moscow, Venice, Palermo, Madrid, Vienna, Geneva, Düsseldorf, Koln, Karlsruhe, Luxembourg, Brussels, Antwerp, London, Helsinki, Copenhagen, Salzbourg, Oslo, Cambridge, Noumea (Nouvelle Calédonie), Taipeh (Republic of China).
Louis Thiry has recorded the complete organ works of Olivier Messiaen in 1972 at St. Pierre Cathedral in Geneva for Calliope (Grand Prix du Disque de l’Académie Charles Cros), the Well Tempered Clavier (1972 at the Église Réformée d’Auteuil, 1975, and The Art of Fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach (1993) at Saint Thomas Church (Strasbourg).
He is titular organist of the famous Lefebvre organ at the Chapel of the “Charles Nicole” Hospital in Rouen, as well as Professor of organ at the Regional Conservatoire in Rouen. In addition, he was honored with the Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Mérite
Messe de la Pentecôte (“Pentecost Mass”) is an organ mass composed by Olivier Messiaen in 1949–50. According to the composer, it is based on twenty years of improvising at Église de la Sainte-Trinité, where Messiaen was organist since 1931.
Messiaen himself wrote that the work “corresponds almost exactly with the length of a low Mass, and its sections are intended to match with those of the service. The music shows different aspects of the mystery of Pentecost, the Feast of the Holy Spirit.” The work was never officially premiered; Messiaen included it discreetly in the celebration of the Eucharist on the Pentecost Sunday of 1951.
The work is in five movements:
- Entrée (Les langues de feu) – Entrance
- Offertoire (Les choses visibles et invisibles) – Offertory
- Consécration (Le don de Sagesse) – Consecration
- Communion (Les oiseaux et les sources) – Communion
- Sortie (Le vent de l’Esprit) – Recessional
The first movement uses “irrational values” applied to Greek rhythms. A motif from the fifth movement, labelled le vent (“the wind”), will reappear in Méditations sur le mystère de la Sainte Trinité as “Le Souffle de l’Esprit” (The Breath of the Spirit).
There is an “imaginary” birdsong in bars 50–57 of the second movement. This passage is derived from the lines for flute and clarinet in Jardin du sommeil d’amour in Turangalîla-Symphonie; Messiaen described these as melodic “garlands” that resemble birdsong in slow-motion. Several more bird songs are found in the fourth movement. Here, they are based on observation, and some of the species can be identified: a nightingale and a blackbird (identical to the birdsong phrase from Ile de Feu 1).
Messe De La Pentecôte (cont.)
01 – a) Entrée: Les Langues De Feu
02 – b) Offertoire: Les Choses Visibles Et Invisibles
03 – c) Consécration: Le Don De Sagesse
04 – d) Communion: Les Oiseaux Et Les Sources
Messe De La Pentecôte (conc.)
05 – e) Sortie: Le Vent De L’Ésprit
06 – Apparition De L’Eglise Éternelle
07 – IVerset Pour La Fête De La Dédicace
Louis Thiry – organ
Recorded June 1972 at the Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Genève.
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