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Published on Dec 21, 2007
Organ scholars alert !! Audiophiles beware !! This recording was made in 1929, the very first year that sound was recorded electronically. It's striking that, with all the musical alternatives in Paris at that time, the engineers thought that one of the most intriguing ways to use this novel invention was to squeeze their cumbersome equipment up the narrow stairway to Notre Dame's balcony/tribune to record Vierne. And yes, folks, the performance sounds lethargic & ponderous to our sophisticated ears. But this was the standard performance practice of baroque music in the early 20th century.