This recording of the Vierne Mass is a Sonic Spectacular featuring both Cavaillé-Coll pipe organs at Saint-Sulpice in Paris. It re-creates a Traditional Latin Mass as it might have sounded at the time Louis Vierne was assistant organist to Charles-Marie Widor at Saint-Sulpice at the end of the 19th century. Set on Easter Sunday, the recording is complete, using the Vierne Mass as the Ordinary. The listener first hears the peal of the church’s bells, fading into Saint-Sulpice where Daniel Roth improvises on the Gregorian Chant Proper for the Introit on Easter Sunday, “Resurrexi, et adhuc tecum sum.” This is the complete liturgy for Easter Sunday using Vierne’s “Messe Solennelle” as the Mass setting for the Ordinary, and all the prayers and Propers are sung. The recording ends with a joyous improvised Sortie on “Victimae Paschali Laudes.” Daniel Roth and Eric Lebrun simultaneously improvise the Sortie on both pipe organs in Saint-Sulpice.
This recording of the Vierne Mass contains 2 CDs with a 64-page book. The book includes essays by Mark Dwyer on the Vierne Mass and by Camille Haedt on 19th- and early 20th-century Parisian liturgical practices, full stop lists of both pipe organs at Saint-Sulpice, stunning photographs and the full text from the Roman Missal of the Mass in Latin and English, including descriptions of how the music and liturgy integrate. This unique recording will give organists an understanding of the common influence shared by the 19th- and early 20th-century Parisian organists and of the Catholic Church. The American Record Guide says: “Its power coupled with the resonant acoustics make this setting not only historic, but musically satisfying as well…I would rank this interpretation with Cochereau at Notre-Dame and Pincemaille at St. Denis.”