Toulouse : City of the Organ
Toulouse is bestowed with one of the most resplendent collection of organs in Europe.
This unique and historical heritage attracts organists and other musicians from the world over.
Toulouse’s collection is exceptional on several levels. It includes many differing periods worth of contrasting instruments, a distinguished example being the grand Cavaillé-Coll of Saint-Sernin.
Its organs benefited from extensive restoration programme instigated Xavier Darasse in the 1970s. During the same period, instruments of high quality were built to complete the collection, notably the organ of the musée des Augustins, built in 1982 by German builder Jürgend Ahrend.
Music from all corners of the repertoire can be played in Toulouse; Frescobaldi and the 17th century Italians at the Chapelle Sainte-Anne, Bach and the northern baroque in the Église-musée des Augustins, Couperin and the French baroque and classical at the Église Saint-Pierre des Chartreux, and of course the great symphonic organ repertoire at Saint Sernin.
Organ in the Midi-Pyrénées region
The region Midi-Pyrénées is rich in wonderful instruments.
Native soil to the organ-builder dynasties Cavaillé-Coll and Puget, of whom numerous instruments have been conserved and restored, around sixty organs are government protected listed ‘monuments historiques’. Those of Cintegabelle and the cathedral of Auch are already widely celebrated, but there are always countless hidden gems waiting to be discovered...