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GRIGNY // Complete organ work

André Isoir,

André Isoir’s version, recorded by Georges Kisselhoff in 1972, offers the ideal introduction to Grigny’s world.

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Composed of a Mass and five Hymns, the Livre d’Orgue of Nicolas de Grigny (1672-1703), published in 1699, is one of the highpoints of the French Classical organ literature.
The collection is remarkable for the density of its style, which combines learned counterpoint with a bold and sumptuous harmonic language. It is hardly surprising that Bach himself personally copied out this work by the Reims-born composer, thus conferring on him a distinction unique in the entire French organ school.



CD 1 - Messe Cunctipotens / Organ Louis-Alexandre-Clicquot Saint-Jacques & Saint-Christophe, Houdan
  • Premier Kyrie en taille à 5 1’56
  • Fugue à 5 4’02
  • Chromhorne en taille à 2 parties 3’27
  • Trio en dialogue 3’28
  • Dialogue sur les grands jeux 3’55


  • Et in terra Pax à 5 1’28
  • Fugue 1’37
  • Duo 2’39
  • Recit de Tierce en taille 5’27
  • Basse de Trompette ou de Chromhorne 3’10
  • Dialogue 3’09
  • Fugue à 5 3’31
  • Trio 2’53
  • Dialogue 3’20


  • Offertoire sur les grands jeux 8’29


  • Premier Sanctus en taille à 5 0’56
  • Fugue 1’28
  • Récit de Tierce pour le Benedictus 3’25


  • Premier Sanctus en taille à 5 2’44


  • Premier Agnus 1’31
  • Dialogue 3’36
  • Dialogue à 2 Tailles de Chromhorne et 2 Dessus de Cornet pour la Communion 3’47


  • Nicolas Lebègue (1631-1702) Elévation en sol 1’57
  • Nicolas Lebègue (1631-1702) Symphonie sur le fa bémol 3’20


CD 2 - Anthems / Organ Jean-Esprit-Isnard Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume
  • Veni Creator en taille à 5 2’34
  • Fugue à 5 2’45
  • Duo 3’26
  • Récit de Chromhorne 2’57
  • Dialogue sur les grands jeux 4’00


  • Ave Maris Stella 1’23
  • Fugue à 4 3’14
  • Duo 1’55
  • Dialogue sur les grands jeux 3’56


  • Pange Lingua, en taille, à 4 2’55
  • Fugue à 5 3’13
  • Récit du Chant de l’Hymne précédent 3’05


  • Verbum Supernum 1’23
  • Fugue à 5 1’35
  • Récit en Dialogue 2’57
  • Récit de Basse de Trompette ou de Chromhorne 2’15


  • A Solis Ortus 1’42
  • Fugue à 5 3’17
  • Trio 2’12
  • Point d’Orgue sur les grands jeux 2’23



André Isoir, born at Saint-Dizier, studied music at the École César Franck, where his teachers included Édouard Souberbielle for the organ and Germaine Mounier for the piano. He then entered Rolande Falcinelli’s class at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris, where in 1960 he was awarded the premier prix for organ and improvisation by unanimous decision of the jury.

He subsequently won a number of international competitions, first St Albans in the UK, where he obtained first prize in 1965, then Haarlem (Holland) where he won three years in a row (1966-67- 68), thus obtaining the ‘Challenge Prize’. He is still today the only Frenchman to have achieved this distinction since the competition was founded in 1951. He has made some sixty recordings, which gained him eight grands prix du Disque between 1972 and 1991, as well as the Prix du Président de la République for his anthology of French organ music ‘Le Livre d’Or de l’Orgue Français’.

André Isoir’s musical culture is complemented by an in-depth knowledge of instrument building; in his opinion this contributes to a more stylish approach to the various repertoires, in terms of both technique and registration.

He is organist emeritus of the church of Saint-Germain-des-Prés in Paris, Chevalier des Arts et Lettres and Chevalier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite.

“When you go into a church and see those great metal pipes gleaming in the shadows, and then imagine one man making all of that work, you really want to be that man yourself. You have to admit that the organ is an instrument you get attached to.” André Isoir

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