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Guilmant: Symphony No 2; Widor, Franck / Tracey, Et Al


Release Date: 02/22/2000 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 9785   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Felix Alexandre GuilmantCésar FranckCharles-Marie Widor
Performer:  Ian Tracey
Conductor:  Yan Pascal Tortelier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Charles-Marie Widor's Third Symphony for organ and orchestra makes a perfect companion to the famous Saint-Saëns Third for the same forces, and I'm amazed that the two have never been coupled together. Like the earlier work, Widor's symphony has two movements, though it's less traditionally structured than the Saint-Saëns and a bit more in the tradition of César Franck. It's harmonically luscious, magnificently orchestrated, full of good tunes, and certainly a refreshing change of pace. Félix Guilmant's Second Symphony represents a recasting of one of his solo organ sonatas, and while less adventurous harmonically than the Widor, it's also a fresh, lively work in a neo-classical vein featuring a couple of especially vivacious fugues. Yan Read more Pascal Tortelier directs performances of both works that are just about perfect, though an earlier version of the Widor available from Motette had the advantage of a more flattering acoustic environment with a deeper bass extension. Chandos copes with the hugely reverberant Liverpool Cathedral very well, with good balances and excellent clarity. While the "filler", a decent performance of Franck's Choral No. 2, seems somewhat out of place, it certainly doesn't detract from enjoyment of this usually interesting and appealing program.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony for Organ and Orchestra no 2 in A major, Op. 91 by Felix Alexandre Guilmant
Performer:  Ian Tracey (Organ)
Conductor:  Yan Pascal Tortelier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906 
Venue:  Liverpool Cathedral, England 
2.
Chorales (3) for Organ: no 2 in B minor, M 39 by César Franck
Performer:  Ian Tracey (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; France 
Venue:  Liverpool Cathedral, England 
3.
Symphony for Organ and Orchestra no 3, Op. 69 by Charles-Marie Widor
Performer:  Ian Tracey (Organ)
Conductor:  Yan Pascal Tortelier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Venue:  Liverpool Cathedral, England 

Sound Samples

Organ Sonata No. 8 in A major, Op. 91: I. Introduction et allegro risoluto
Organ Sonata No. 8 in A major, Op. 91: II. Adagio con affetto
Organ Sonata No. 8 in A major, Op. 91: III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
Organ Sonata No. 8 in A major, Op. 91: IV. Andante sostenuto -
Organ Sonata No. 8 in A major, Op. 91: V. Intermede et allegro con brio
Organ Symphony No. 3, Op. 69: I. Adagio - Andante - Allegro
Organ Symphony No. 3, Op. 69: II. Vivace - Tranquillamente - Allegro - Largo
3 Chorales for Organ: Choral No. 2 in B minor, M. 39

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