Holiday Shop


WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org
Welcome to ArkivMusic, the retail store for Public Radio Market!

Guilmant: Organ Music / Robert Delcamp


Release Date: 02/21/2006 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 557614   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Felix Alexandre Guilmant
Performer:  Robert Delcamp
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

In Stock: Usually ships in 24 hours.  
On sale! $9.99
CD:  $7.99
In Stock
MP3: $7.99
What's this?




Notes and Editorial Reviews



GUILMANT Grand Chorus in g , op. 84. Caprice, op. 20/1. Allegretto in b, op. 19/1. Lamentation in d , op. 45/1. Offertoire O filii, op. 49/2. Sonata No. 7 in F: Rêve . March on a Theme by Handel Read more class="ARIAL12b">, op. 55/2. Scherzo symphonique in C , op. 55/2. Noël languedocien , op. 60. Sonata No. 1 in d: Finale ? Robert Delcamp (org) ? NAXOS 8.557614 (70:24)


Belgian trained Felix-Alexandre Guilmant (1837?1911) was an indispensable link in the continuation of the French Romantic organ tradition founded by Franck. He was a stalwart advocate and popularizer of the organ as a legitimate concert instrument apart from its churchly service, and became an international superstar whose tours took him as far afield as the United States. He was also the bridge between Widor, who preceded him as professor of organ at the Paris Conservatory, and Louis Vierne, Charles Tournemire, Nadia Boulanger, and Marcel Dupré, all of whom can be counted among his many students. He also distinguished himself as a musicologist, editor, publisher, and champion of 17th- and 18th-century organ works, and, along the way found time to establish, with Charles Bordes and Vincent d?Indy, the Schola Cantorum in Paris.


After his death, his students, most notably Dupré, strove to keep his musical legacy before the public. In the wake of World War II, however, he faded into obscurity, not because his music was in any way deficient, but because a new Zeitgeist was afoot in the world. Many had reasoned that both World Wars I and II were inextricably tied to the Romantic tradition. Hitler was, after all, a stalwart Wagnerian. Musical esthetics and language had to change if we were to avoid the horrific results of the past. In light of Schoenberg?s atonal experiments and Messiaen?s expansion of musical language into uncharted realms that would ultimately lead to Pierre Boulez, Guilmant?s music seemed hopelessly archaic and, to use a word bandied about during the tumultuous years of the 1960s, ?irrelevant.?


More?s the pity. His music is finely crafted, masterfully exploiting the Cavaillé-Coll organs that were developing, synergistically, along with him. The year 1984, however, saw a turnaround as far as Guilmant?s reputation is concerned. A reprint of the greater part of his works appeared in the United States. European publishers quickly followed suit, and he is once again before the public.


This collection offers a good mix of his religious and secular music (he was a pretty evenly bifurcated composer in those two realms). As performed by Robert Delcamp on the Casavant organ op. 2654 1961/2004 of the All Saints Chapel at the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennesee, I found the liturgical pieces the most arresting. The Lamentation in D Minor , the Offertoire O filii , and the Nöel languedocien are characterized by an ecstatically hushed religiosity quite unlike anything found in either Widor or Vierne. Guilmant was an admirer of Debussy, and Impressionistically pastel coloring (brought to the fore by Delcamp?s apt registration choices) heightens the exquisite affect of these pieces. Delcamp?s other virtues lie in his unerringly effective tempos, clear articulation, fine sense of dynamic shading, and his ability to project the feeling lurking beneath the notes. He also has a fine sense of musical rhetoric and drama, as shown in his performance of the Lamentation .


The collection ends with the Finale of Guilmant?s Sonata No. 1 in D Minor?an elaborate sonata-allegro movement with a swirling toccata-like first subject and a hymn-like second subject. The young and brilliant Felix Hell on Reference RR-101CD (where all three movements are performed) takes it at a considerably quicker tempo (7:25 as opposed to Delcamp?s 8:56). Delcamp, on the other hand, gives far more space for the hymn to breathe, and more firmly underscores the piece?s rhetorical flourishes. Were they conductors, Hell would be Toscanini and Delcamp would be Walter.


The sound is excellent by current standards, and organ specs are provided.


FANFARE: William Zagorski
Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Grand choeur in G minor, Op. 84 by Felix Alexandre Guilmant
Performer:  Robert Delcamp (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; France 
Venue:  University of the South, Sewanee, Tennes 
Length: 6 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee (10/10/2004 - 10/13/2004) 
2.
Caprice for Organ, Op. 20 no 3 by Felix Alexandre Guilmant
Performer:  Robert Delcamp (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  University of the South, Sewanee, Tennes 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee (10/10/2004 - 10/13/2004) 
3.
Allegretto for Organ in B minor by Felix Alexandre Guilmant
Performer:  Robert Delcamp (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Venue:  University of the South, Sewanee, Tennes 
Length: 5 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee (10/10/2004 - 10/13/2004) 
4.
Pièces (4) for Organ, Op. 45: no 1, Lamentation in D minor by Felix Alexandre Guilmant
Performer:  Robert Delcamp (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Venue:  University of the South, Sewanee, Tennes 
Length: 11 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee (10/10/2004 - 10/13/2004) 
5.
Offertory for Organ on "O filii", Op. 49 no 2 by Felix Alexandre Guilmant
Performer:  Robert Delcamp (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  University of the South, Sewanee, Tennes 
Length: 6 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee (10/10/2004 - 10/13/2004) 
6.
Sonata for Organ no 7 in F major, Op. 89: 2nd movement, Rêve by Felix Alexandre Guilmant
Performer:  Robert Delcamp (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; France 
Venue:  University of the South, Sewanee, Tennes 
Length: 4 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Notes: University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee (10/10/2004 - 10/13/2004) 
7.
March on Handel's "Lift up your heads", Op. 15 by Felix Alexandre Guilmant
Performer:  Robert Delcamp (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Venue:  University of the South, Sewanee, Tennes 
Length: 6 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee (10/10/2004 - 10/13/2004) 
8.
Scherzo Symphonique in C major, Op. 55 no 2 by Felix Alexandre Guilmant
Performer:  Robert Delcamp (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Venue:  University of the South, Sewanee, Tennes 
Length: 7 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee (10/10/2004 - 10/13/2004) 
9.
Noëls, Op. 60: Book 2, Communion no 2 "Noël Languedocien" by Felix Alexandre Guilmant
Performer:  Robert Delcamp (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
Venue:  University of the South, Sewanee, Tennes 
Length: 5 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee (10/10/2004 - 10/13/2004) 
10.
Sonata for Organ no 1 in D minor, Op. 42: Finale by Felix Alexandre Guilmant
Performer:  Robert Delcamp (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; France 
Venue:  University of the South, Sewanee, Tennes 
Length: 8 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Notes: University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee (10/10/2004 - 10/13/2004) 

Sound Samples

Grand Choeur, Op. 84: Grand Chorus in G minor, Op. 84
Pieces dans differents styles, Book 6: Pieces dans differents styles, Book VI: Caprice in B flat major, Op. 20, No. 3
Pieces dans differents styles, Book 5: Pieces dans differents styles, Book V: Allegretto in B minor, Op. 19, No. 1
Lamentation in D minor, Op 45, No. 1
Offertoire sur O filii pour la fete de Paques, Op. 49, No. 2
Organ Sonata No. 7 in F major, Op. 89: IV. Reve: Lento assai
March on a Theme by Handel, Op. 15, No. 2
L'organiste pratique, Book 9: L'organiste pratique, Book IX: Scherzo Symphonique in C major, Op 55, No. 2
Christmas Carols, Book 1: Christmas Carols, Book I: Noel languedocien, Communion No. 2 in F minor, Op. 60
Organ Sonata No. 1, Op. 42: Organ Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 42: III: Finale: Allegro assai

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Good Introduction to Guilmant's Organ Works August 16, 2013 By Wil L W. (Richwood, TX) See All My Reviews "I was not familiar with Guilmant's organ works before this CD. These works can be demanding listening, but the sound and playing are good. But this purchase was low risk with the Naxos low price. This introduction led me to purchase the complete organ sonatas of Guilmant. Recommended purchase if you enjoy French Romantic organ." Report Abuse
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook




YOU MUST BE A SUBSCRIBER TO LISTEN TO ARKIVMUSIC STREAMING.
TRY IT NOW FOR FREE!
Sign up now for two weeks of free access to the world's best classical music collection. Keep listening for only $19.95/month - thousands of classical albums for the price of one! Learn more about ArkivMusic Streaming
Aleady a subscriber? Sign In