Restoration of the great organ

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In 1990, the great organ at the Notre Dame Cathedral underwent a complete restoration. According to the official Notre Dame website, it was possible to retrieve the symphonic sonorities of the organ modified by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, who worked on the instrument during the 1860s restoration of the building by Viollet-le-Duc, while also preserving the older layers, from the 17th and 18th centuries, and including the undeniable contributions of the contemporary world. 

Le Grand Orgue (in French)

The great organ at the Notre Dame Cathedral. Photograph by Chris Waits.

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Olivier Latry - Three Centuries of Organ Music in Notre Dame de Paris
Rare glimpse of Notre Dame's organ
Here's a full-length documentary about the organ and its current organist, Olivier Latry, with English subtitles:
"In the Belly of the Organ of Notre-Dame"

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Published in 22/04/2019

Updated in 19/02/2021

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