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Lemmens: Complete Organ Sonatas & Selected Works / Oosten


Release Date: 11/28/2000 
Label:  Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm) Gold Catalog #: 3160975   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jaak Nikolaas Lemmens
Performer:  Ben van Oosten
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Belgian organist Jacques-Nicolas Lemmens (1823-81) was key player (all puns intended) in the 19th century French Organ School, whose students included Alexandre Guilmant and Charles-Marie Widor. His performances, teachings, and writings laid the foundation for French symphonic organ style that prevailed in the late 1800s. Stylistically speaking, Lemmens' well-crafted compositions chart calm, conservative waters à la Mendelssohn, without rocking any boats, so to speak. The E-flat Prelude, for instance, is a veritable Song without Words. Of Lemmens' three organ sonatas, No. 2 in E minor contains the strongest writing within its three contrasting movements. Conversely, if you find the First Sonata's chest-beating "Marche Pontificale" Read more banal, you'll cringe at its profoundly insipid fugue. The 1874 Schyen/Van Beyer organ is ideally suited to these works, and van Oosten's full-throttle climaxes resonate without a trace of bombast. MDG's engineering goes for overall effect rather than close-up detail, capturing the organ as one might perceive its sound from the pews in the church of Notre-Dame de Laeken in Belgium.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Organ no 2 in E minor "O filii et filiae" by Jaak Nikolaas Lemmens
Performer:  Ben van Oosten (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1876; Belgium 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  Notre Dame de Laeken, Belgium 
Length: 15 Minutes 32 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Organ no 3 in A Minor "Pascale" by Jaak Nikolaas Lemmens
Performer:  Ben van Oosten (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1876; Belgium 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  Notre Dame de Laeken, Belgium 
Length: 16 Minutes 39 Secs. 
3.
Prelude for Organ in 5 parts in E flat major by Jaak Nikolaas Lemmens
Performer:  Ben van Oosten (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; Belgium 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  Notre Dame de Laeken, Belgium 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
4.
Fanfare for Organ in D major by Jaak Nikolaas Lemmens
Performer:  Ben van Oosten (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; Belgium 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  Notre Dame de Laeken, Belgium 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
5.
Cantabile for Organ in B minor by Jaak Nikolaas Lemmens
Performer:  Ben van Oosten (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; Belgium 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  Notre Dame de Laeken, Belgium 
Length: 6 Minutes 18 Secs. 
6.
Prière in E major by Jaak Nikolaas Lemmens
Performer:  Ben van Oosten (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; Belgium 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  Notre Dame de Laeken, Belgium 
Length: 3 Minutes 59 Secs. 
7.
Sonata for Organ no 1 in d "Pontificale" by Jaak Nikolaas Lemmens
Performer:  Ben van Oosten (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1876; Belgium 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  Notre Dame de Laeken, Belgium 
Length: 19 Minutes 22 Secs. 
8.
Finale for Organ in D major by Jaak Nikolaas Lemmens
Performer:  Ben van Oosten (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; Belgium 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  Notre Dame de Laeken, Belgium 
Length: 4 Minutes 56 Secs. 

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