Recorded in 1977, these performances on the three-manual Cavaillé-Coll organ of Marie-Claire Alain’s home church at St Germain-en-Laye prove that Alain is a front-rank interpreter of Widor’s music. She basks in the wealth of colours produced by this organ, and in some of the more ponderous slow movements, her imaginative handling of colour and dynamic shading is a great asset.
On the whole, her tempi tend to be fast, except, surprisingly, in the scherzo of the Fourth Symphony, where the music never leaves the ground. A closely miked organ shows up some rather sour tuning, but this is a small price to pay when such wonderful articulation is in evidence.
-- Stephen Haylett, BBC Music Magazine Read morereviewing Symphonies 4 and 9, as well as the Symphony no 3 excerpts, previously issued as Erato 98534 Read less
have got to get used to this composerApril 15, 2012By malcolm fellows (cullman, AL)See All My Reviews"I am going toreserve critic report on this as I have no listened to it but once and need to pay attention to the delicated and demanding things that make an album worthwhile listening to and purchasing. Now I am not sure I am going to like this vidor . I amused to the big organ sounds and classic standafrds like E Power Biggs Bach pieces so I will reserve comment till later. Right now I dont like these piece of symphonies. Sorry Malcolm Fellows"Report Abuse