Composer of the Week

Monday, 31 August 2015
Charles Tournemire (1870-1939)

Charles TournemireFor organ week on Radio New Zealand Concert we look at French organist and composer Charles Tournemire.

Tournemire’s work is not well-known, but has a following amongst French organ enthusiasts, a group that includes Michael Stewart, Director of Music at Wellington's Cathedral of St Paul.

He’ll be chatting to Rick Young about some of the features of Tournemire’s music during the week.

Image: An anonymous photo of Tournemire from Collection particulière, via Wikimedia Commons

Tournemire the Improviser

Rick Young talks to Michael Stewart

Tournemire's L'Orgue Mystique

Tournemire's L'Orgue Mystique. [Topics] music [Tags] composing, organ

Music Details


TOURNEMIRE: Petite Rapsodie improvisée - Charles Tournemire (org) (Arbiter 156)
TOURNEMIRE RECONS DURUFLE: Fantaisie-Improvisation on Ave maris stella - Colin Walsh (organ of Salisbury Cathedral) (PRIORY PRCD 902)
TOURNEMIRE: Improvisation on “Te Deum” - Charles Tournemire (org) (Arbiter 156)
TOURNEMIRE: Chorale Improvisation on Victimae paschali - Robert Quinney (org) (Herald HAVPCD 284)
TOURNEMIRE: Première Fresque, Op 75 - Timothy Tikker (org) (Arkay Records AR 6118)


TOURNEMIRE: L'Orgue Mystique no 35 (Assumption) - Georges Delvallée (org) (Accord 476 1059)
TOURNEMIRE: L'Orgue Mystique no 25 (Pentecost) - Georges Delvallée (org) (Accord 476 1059)


TOURNEMIRE: Seven Chorale-poems on the seven last words of Christ, Nos 1, 2, 4, 6, 7 - Georges Delvallée (org) (Accord 472 982)


TOURNEMIRE: Symphonie sacrée op 71 - Timothy Tikker (org) (Arkay Records AR 6118)
FRANCK: Cantabile - Charles Tournemire (org), (Arbiter 156)
TOURNEMIRE : Deuxieme Fresque Op.75 - Charles Tournemire (org), (Arbiter 156)


TOURNEMIRE: Triple Choral - Jane Watts (organ) (PRIORY PRCD 286)
LANGLAIS: Méditation (Suite Médiévale) - Colin Walsh (organ of Salisbury Cathedral) (PRIORY PRCD 905)
MESSIAEN: Le Banquet Céleste - Olivier Latry (org) (DG 471 480)
TOURNEMIRE: L'Orgue mystiqueOffice 51 - Marie-Bernadette Dufourcet (org) (Priory PRCD 669)