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Liszt: Organ Works / Alain

Release Date: 01/31/2012 
Label:  Apex   Catalog #: 665859  
Composer:  Franz Liszt
Performer:  Marie-Claire Alain
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Although these four major organ works of Franz Liszt hardly lack for modern world-class recordings (Thomas Trotter’s reference Decca version, for example), the return of the late Marie-Claire Alain’s 1986 Erato Liszt recital to the catalog is something to celebrate. She revels in the colorful registrations and wide dynamic spectrum characterizing the Orléans cathedral’s mighty Cavaillé-Coll organ, savoring the reed stops’ counterpoint in “Ad nos” Fantasy’s quiet central section while serving up the whirling fugue with incisive rhythmic verve and exuberance.

The BACH Prelude and Fugue’s rapid arpeggios and thick chromatic passagework abound with virtuosic panache, yet are consistently
Read more clear. Similar observations hold true for “Weinen, Klagen,” which unfolds with well-judged tempos, transitions, and climaxes. In the Évocation, Alain’s colorful registrations and masterful legato technique command attention to the point where the music sounds less rambling than others make it. There are no annotations, unfortunately, yet Alain’s priceless artistry speaks eloquently for itself.

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Works on This Recording

Variations for Organ on "Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen", S 673 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Marie-Claire Alain (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; Rome, Italy 
Prelude and Fugue for Organ on B-A-C-H, S 260 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Marie-Claire Alain (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855/1870; Weimar, Germany 
Fantasy and Fugue for Organ, S 259 "Ad nos, ad salutarem" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Marie-Claire Alain (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Weimar, Germany 
Evocation à la Chapelle Sixtine, S 658 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Marie-Claire Alain (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1862; Rome, Italy 

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 Liszt, Alain August 5, 2020 By LAWRENCE H. (Cincinnati, OH) See All My Reviews "Liszt played by Marie-Claire Alain on the Cavaille-Coll at Orleans cathedral is in my opinion a little bit of heaven. I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it for anyone who likes pipe organs played in great acoustics." Report Abuse
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