The organists of the cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris are automatically ranked among the superstars of organ players. Louis Vierne held this post until his death in 1937, then the legendary Pierre Cochereau shaped the organ music in what is probably the most famous church in France in the decades following the Second World War. Since Cochereau’s death in 1984, three organists share this task. Of these, Olivier Latry has been a guest at the Berlin Philharmonie on several occasions, and now the youngest titular organist of Notre-Dame makes his philharmonic debut. Born in 1980, Vincent Dubois was first organist of the cathedral in Soissons in northern France before he was appointed to the Seine two years ago. He is also director of the conservatory in Strasbourg in Alsace.
The programme begins with a “blockbuster” of the organ repertoire: Franz Liszt’s Prelude and Fugue on the Chorale Ad nos, ad salutarem undam. The 1850 composition is in a sense a miniature opera “without words”. After an overture – the curtain rises – an almost half-hour narrative begins consisting of duets and trios, recitatives, arias and choruses, plus a brilliant ending. Organ music at its finest.
Accordionist Marie-Andrée Joerger will then enter the stage and together with Vincent Dubois play works by Gabriel Fauré, Astor Piazzolla and Richard Galliano. For a moment, the Philharmonie will transforms itself into an Argentine café, when the two performers play Astor Piazzolla’s Tango La muerte del ángel.