Department of Music

Mark Steinbach's Latest Recording: Messiaen's La Nativité du Seigneur

University Organist Mark Steinbach's latest recording is a performance of Olivier Messiaen's La Nativité du Seigneur.

AEOLUS published this recording by Brown University Organist and Distinguished Senior Lecturer. It features this major work for organ by Messiaen. The recording was done in the summer of 2022 at the Eglise Saint-François-de-Sales in Lyon, France. The instrument at this site was constructed by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll in 1880.

According to the publisher, "[Steinbach] travelled across France in search of his ideal organ for a recording of Messiaen's Nativité du Seigneur. His idea behind it: when the 27-year-old Olivier Messiaen composed this cycle, he had just been appointed titular organist at the Eglise de la Trinité in Paris four years earlier and had an almost authentically preserved Aristide Cavaillé-Coll organ at his disposal. When the work was premiered on this instrument in 1936, typical Cavaillé-Coll sounds must therefore have filled the space. Recreating this sound atmosphere is also Mark Steinbach's motivation. In Lyon, he finally found the instrument that seemed most suitable for his new recording."

Mark Steinbach's recording of Messiaen's La Nativité du Seigneur is published by and available through AEOLUS. Bravo, Mark!