Built in 1878 by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll at the Palais du Trocadéro, the organ of the Maurice-Ravel Auditorium was acquired by the city of Lyon in 1977. Made up of 82 stops and 6,508 pipes, it is one of the most beautiful French organs. From April to November 2013, a team of specialists led by Michel Gaillard from the Manufacture Aubertin worked on its restoration. The meticulous work they made turned the hundred year-old organ into a powerful instrument with a perfect tone.
Of course, such an instrument was not meant to remain quiet: for the 2013-2014 season, the Orchestre national de Lyon is rediscovering the symphonic repertoire with organ. Among the many events scheduled in honor of the freshly restored instrument, medici.tv has selected one concert, broadcast live on the 19th of November 2013. Its programme gathers three works which were premiered on this very organ: Camille Saint-Saëns's Cyprès et Lauriers (a rarely performed work for organ and orchestra) and Symphony No. 3 "with organ" along with Francis Poulenc's Concerto for Organ, Timpani and Strings in G Minor. These works are performed by organist Vincent Warnier, a student of André Stricker and a disciple of Thierry Escaich. Vincent Warnier won the great prize of interpretation at the prestigious Chartres Competition in 1992.
Tomáš Netopil, Omri Nitzan, Amir Nizar Zuabi – Torsten Kerl (Samson) Marianna Tarasova (Dalila) – Opéra de Flandre
Verbier Festival 2007