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Vierne: Symphony No 2, Etc / David Hill, Gordon Jones

Release Date: 08/15/2000 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55044   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Louis Vierne
Performer:  David HillGordon Jones
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 49 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Lovers of French late-Romantic organ music are well served by this disc made in 1987 when David Hill was in charge of the music at Westminster Cathedral and brilliantly revivified it. Vierne’s Second Organ Symphony is a five-movement monster in cyclic form, where ideas recur from movement to movement. It’s a fine example of the genre admired, apparently, by Debussy and showing the influence of Vierne’s teachers Franck and Widor in spades. The filler is the slightly saccharine, though at times intriguingly chromatic, triptych (cf early Messiaen) Les angélus of 1929 – settings for voice and organ. Shortish measure by today’s standards at 50 minutes, some would say, but this is music, not baked beans.

-- Stephen Pettitt,
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Works on This Recording

Symphony for Organ no 2 in E minor, Op. 20 by Louis Vierne
Performer:  David Hill (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902-1903; France 
Date of Recording: 09/1987 
Venue:  Westminster Cathedral, London, England 
Length: 35 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Les angélus, Op. 57 by Louis Vierne
Performer:  David Hill (Organ), Gordon Jones (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1929; France 
Date of Recording: 09/1987 
Venue:  Westminster Cathedral, London, England 
Length: 12 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: French 

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