It’s not often that one hears recorded organ transcriptions of major works originally composed for symphony orchestra. But that’s what we get here, in a transcendental program of orchestral favorites played to breathtaking perfection by Thomas Murray, an internationally renowned organist and Yale professor.
Murray is the latest in a long line of top-ranked players who have made outstanding solo recordings in keeping with Delos’s long-standing tradition of legendary organ albums. He is held in particularly high regard among his fellow virtuosos for his mastery of the grand “symphonic style” of organ playing.
Fans of great orchestral classics will immediately recognize both of the works featured here: EdvardRead more Grieg’s ever-popular Holberg Suite and Ce?sar Franck’s monumental Symphony in D Minor – in stunning transcriptions for organ: the instrument best suited to recreate an orchestra’s power, nuance, and variety of sonorities. Murray plays the magnificent Schoenstein Gloria Dei Organ, St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, Houston, Texas.
Continuing his long tradition of outstanding recordings with Delos, organist Thomas Murray presents this album of symphonic masterworks by Edvard Grieg and Cesar Franck. These outstanding arrangements of orchestral classics are performed beautifully on the organ- the instrument best suited to reconstruct the orchestra’s variances, nuances, and power. “…consummate skill and artistry in treating the organ as a great orchestra.” (High Fidelity)
The playing of Thomas Murray is faultless; his clear belief in these arrangements carries them through coupled with his sensible choices of tempo and his clear understanding of the Franck Symphony’s musical processes. Sonically, the disc is a treat.
Pure EnjoymentApril 29, 2017By Richard H. C. (Denver, NC)See All My Reviews"If you love organ music, this is an amazing CD. I am so glad I added to my collection. Richard H Capps"Report Abuse
Not Quite the OriginalApril 28, 2017By Richard R. (Williamsburg, VA)See All My Reviews"Great organ sounds and playing, but the original,full orchestral versions of these works still shine the brightest."Report Abuse