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Encores À La Francaise / Murray, Shaw, Atlanta SO


Release Date: 10/25/1990 
Label:  Telarc   Catalog #: 80104   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Francis PoulencLouis CouperinMarcel DupréEugene Gigout,   ... 
Performer:  Michael Murray
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Michael Murray's resplendent Encores à la française may seem like an ad hoc compilation of organ extravaganzas. However, the works selected for this program are connected in important ways to the long tradition of French organ playing, of which this performer is a direct heir. Traced back to Jaak Nikolaas Lemmens and passed from Charles-Marie Widor to Louis Vierne and then from Marcel Dupré to Murray, this musical legacy is marked by legato playing, absolute precision in execution, regulated tempi, and carefully chosen registrations. Dupré is represented here by his toccata-like Carillon, the delicate Musette, and most impressively by his intricate transcription of Bach's Sinfonia From Cantata No. 29. Read more Eugène Gigout's merry Scherzo and César Franck's bold Pièce Héroïque represent a distinctly romantic style of organ playing, but one that strongly influenced Widor and Vierne in their powerful symphonic works. Widor's Toccata from his Symphony No. 5 and the Finale from Vierne's Symphony No. 1 demonstrate the rigorous techniques and timbral preferences of the Lemmens school at its apogee. Even Poulenc's Organ Concerto is linked to the tradition through Maurice Duruflé's advice on registration choices and orchestration. Murray extends his predecessors' heritage of excellence in the most direct way possible: through his excellent performances.

– Blair Sanderson, All Music Guide Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani in G minor by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Michael Murray (Organ)
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; France 
Date of Recording: 05/20/1982 
Venue:  Cathedral of St Philip, Atlanta 
Length: 25 Minutes 15 Secs. 
2.
Chaconne in G minor by Louis Couperin
Performer:  Michael Murray (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 09/27/1981 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Boston 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
3.
Pieces (7) for Organ, Op. 27: no 4, Carillon by Marcel Dupré
Performer:  Michael Murray (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; France 
Date of Recording: 09/27/1981 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Boston 
Length: 5 Minutes 44 Secs. 
4.
Pieces (10) for Organ: no 8, Scherzo in E major/G minor by Eugene Gigout
Performer:  Michael Murray (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 09/27/1981 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Boston 
Length: 4 Minutes 18 Secs. 
5.
Pieces (3) for Organ: no 3 - Pièce héroïque in B minor, M 37 by César Franck
Performer:  Michael Murray (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; France 
Date of Recording: 09/27/1981 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Boston 
Length: 8 Minutes 42 Secs. 
6.
Symphony for Organ no 5 in f minor, Op. 42 no 1: 5th movement, Toccata by Charles-Marie Widor
Performer:  Michael Murray (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1880; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 09/27/1981 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Boston 
Length: 5 Minutes 20 Secs. 
7.
Wir danken dir, Gott, BWV 29: no 1, Sinfonia in D major by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Michael Murray (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/27/1981 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Boston 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Marcel Dupré 
8.
Symphony for Organ no 1 in D minor, Op. 14: 6th movement, Final by Louis Vierne
Performer:  Michael Murray (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898-1899; France 
Date of Recording: 09/27/1981 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Boston 
Length: 5 Minutes 40 Secs. 
9.
Tryptich for Organ, Op. 51: Musette by Marcel Dupré
Performer:  Michael Murray (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; France 
Date of Recording: 09/27/1981 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Boston 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
10.
Fanfare for Organ in D major by Jaak Nikolaas Lemmens
Performer:  Michael Murray (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; Belgium 
Date of Recording: 09/27/1981 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Boston 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 

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