The organ in brief

Orgue de l’Auditorium de Lyon

The organ in brief

Les facteurs d’orgue :
Aristide Cavaillé-Coll (1878)
Victor Gonzalez (1939)
Georges Danion/S. A. Gonzalez (1977)
Michel Gaillard/Manufacture Aubertin (2013

Built for the 1878 World Fair and the Trocadéro concert hall in Paris, this monumental instrument (82 stops and 6,500 pipes) was the “showpiece” of the most renowned organ builder of the time, Aristide Cavaillé-Coll. The greatest musicians were all eager to play this prestigious organ, which was used for the first performances of the Requiems by Maurice Duruflé and Gabriel Fauré, the Organ Concerto by Francis Poulenc, and key works by César Franck, Charles-Marie Widor, Marcel Dupré, Olivier Messiaen, Jehan Alain, Kaija Saariaho, Édith Canat de Chizy, Thierry Escaich and Philippe Hersant. In 1939, the organ was reassembled in the new Palais de Chaillot by Victor Gonzalez, then in 1977 transferred to the Auditorium de Lyon by his successor, Georges Danion. In 2013, the organ was restored by Michel Gaillard (Manufacture Aubertin), who returned it to its former splendour. Its wide range of stops means that today it can handle every repertoire, from Bach or Couperin to the greatest Romantic and contemporary works. Outside Paris (the organs in the Maison de la Radio and the Philharmonie), it is the only large concert organ in France. In June 2019, it hosted the inaugural International Olivier-Messiaen Competition for organ.

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