Merseburg Organ Festival & the French Baroque

October 24, 2018, 10:00 pm

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The Organ of the Merseburg Cathedral (Photo: Hans-Jörg Gemeinholzer, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

French works of the Baroque era played on a German organ of the Romantic era. A celebration of the Bicentennial of organ builder Friedrich Ladergast at the Merseburg Cathedral, home of the organ he rebuilt in 1855. Featuring François Espinasse in Nicolas de Grigny’s Organ Mass; and Collegium Vocale Leipzig and Merseburger Hofmusik, conducted by Michael Schönheit, in Lully’s Te Deum, the work that led to his death.

Recorded live in concert September 11, 2018 at the Merseburg Cathedral, as part of the Merseburg Organ Festival.


Jean-Baptiste Lully
Plaude laetare Gallia, LWV 37

Nicolas de Grigny
Messe pour orgue

Jean-Baptiste Lully
Te Deum, LWV 55


François Espinasse, organ
Collegium Vocale Leipzig
Merseburger Hofmusik
Michael Schönheit, conductor
with soprano Gesine Adler, mezzo-soprano Susanne Langner, tenor Tobia Hunger, bass Tobia Ay

Opening & Closing Theme for Baroque&Before:
Joan Ambrosio Dalza: Piva, performed by Musica Reservata (Boston Skyline BSD 123)