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Marie Claire Alain (1926 - 2013)


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The end of an era in many ways; especially the first hand knowledge of her brother's music, which she recorded for posterity. Rest in peace Marie, but let us also be joyful of the legacy, the scholarship and the inspiration.

 

Two back to back programmes featuring Marie Claire and her brother Jehan Alain are available on Pipedreams, from Minnesota Public Radio:-

 

 

http://pipedreams.pu...ings/2007/0728/

 

http://pipedreams.pu...ings/2007/0729/

 

Best,

 

MM

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I remember attending a recital by Marie-Claire in the Paris Conservatoire in 1998; a rare opportunity to hear one of the all-time greats.

 

I recall thinking that her recordings had far more atmosphere- the performances not benefitting from this dry acoustic. This was particularly the case with the music of her brother, Jehan.

 

They both grew up playing the unique organ that their father, Albert, constructed in the family salon: http://www.jehanalain.ch/

 

This is now in Switzerland: http://www.romainmot...gue_Jehan_Alain

 

Marie-Claire’s CDs (three complete cycles of Bach) and students are her enduring legacy.

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