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Léon Boëllmann

Biography

Born: September 25, 1862; Ensisheim, Alsace   Died: October 11, 1897; Paris, France  
Had he lived a longer life, Léon Boëllmann would likely be recognized today as one of the great Romantic French organist-composers, in a line that included Gigout, Franck, Widor, and Vierne. As it is, he is remembered mainly for his highly characterful Suite Gothique for organ, particularly the suite's brilliant but only moderately difficult Toccata.

In 1871, shortly after the conclusion of the Franco-Prussian War, the very young
Read more Boëllmann left the contested region of Alsace for Paris, where he studied at the Ecole Niedermeyer with Gustave Lefèvre and Eugène Gigout. He quickly became Gigout's protégé, and took many school prizes. Soon after he graduated in 1881 he began working at the church of St. Vincent de Paul in Paris, where before long he was named principal organist. In 1885 he married Gigout's niece and went to live with his former teacher, also becoming an instructor of organ and improvisation at Gigout's own recently founded school.

Boëllmann soon became highly regarded in Paris as a teacher, organist, improviser, and critic. He also composed some 68 chamber, orchestral, and other works in addition to a collection of 100 contrapuntal organ pieces published under the title Heures mystiques. For a while, his Symphonic Variations for cello and orchestra enjoyed international success, but today Boëllmann is known exclusively for his often modal organ music, especially the Suite Gothique. Read less
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  • 1.
    Fabre Fur Aug' Und Ohr
    Label: Querstand   Catalog: 1308 Release Date: 03/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Louis Alfred James Lefébure-Wély,  Léon Boëllmann,  Felix Alexandre Guilmant  ... 
    Performer:  Siegfried Petri
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    Virtuoso French Organ Music
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1147 Release Date: 07/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eugene Gigout,  Jean Langlais,  Louis Vierne,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Jennifer Bate
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    Widor: Organ Symphonies & French Encores / David Sanger
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1282 Release Date: 07/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles-Marie Widor,  Joseph Jongen,  Henri Mulet,  Eugene Gigout  ... 
    Performer:  David Sanger
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    Masters Of The Modern Age I: Music From The Time Of Degas, Cezanne, And Van Gogh
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8503269 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Edouard Lalo,  César Franck,  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Kliegel,  Michaël Levinas,  Arnaldo Cohen,  Hidenori Komatsu  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Halász,  Hervé Niquet,  Johannes Wildner,  Cord Garben  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quatuor Ludwig
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  • 5.
    100 Best Organ Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 332452 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Jeremiah Clarke,  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Nicolas Kynaston,  Nicholas Kynaston,  Noel Rawsthorne,  Lionel Rogg  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Plasson,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Georges Prêtre
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra,  Menuhin Festival Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservato  ... 
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  • 6.
    50 Best Organ Classics
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 333162 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Louis-Claude Daquin,  Louis-Nicolas Clérambault,  François Couperin  ... 
    Performer:  Lionel Rogg,  Noel Rawsthorne,  Marie-Madeleine Duruflé-Chevalier,  Maurice Duruflé  ... 
    Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Steuart Bedford,  Michel Plasson
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  • 7.
    Bach, Boellmann, Liszt, Franck, Prizeman / Jurgen Wolf
    Label: Querstand   Catalog: 1228 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Léon Boëllmann,  Franz Liszt,  César Franck,  Robert Prizeman  ... 
    Performer:  Jurgen Wolf
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    Great Australasian Organs, Vol. 7
    Label: Priory Records   Catalog: 1031 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David German,  George Frideric Handel,  Lazare-Auguste Maquaire,  Karl Jenkins  ... 
    Performer:  Martin Setchell
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    Anniversary Series - Organ Collection
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 302 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Robert Schumann,  Samuel Sebastian Wesley  ... 
    Performer:  David Goode,  Joseph Nolan,  Simon Preston,  James Vivian  ... 
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    The Britannic Organ, Vol. 4: Eugene Gigout, Joseph Bonnet
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 843 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Eugene Gigout,  César Franck,  Alexandre Pierre Boëly,  Charles-Alexis Chauvet  ... 
    Performer:  Eugene Gigout,  Joseph Bonnet
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    The Organs Of The Canary Islands
    Label: Priory Records   Catalog: 1032 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Soror da Piedade,  Narcís Casanoves,  Antonio Mestres,  Pablo Bruna  ... 
    Performer:  Tomas Flegr,  Michal Novenko,  Martin Bocker
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  • 12.
    French Cello Sonatas /  Navarra,  Kilcher
    Label: Phaia Music   Catalog: 34 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Léon Boëllmann,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  André Navarra,  Erika Kilcher
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  • 13.
    Boellmann: Piano Trio Op. 19; Piano Quartet, Op. 10 / Causse, Trio Parnassus
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 3031755 Release Date: 07/17/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Léon Boëllmann
    Performer:  Chia Chou,  Yamei Yu,  Michael Gross,  Gérard Caussé
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parnassus Trio
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    Ave
    Label: Churchkat   Catalog: 5637920279 Release Date: 03/20/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Pachelbel,  George Frideric Handel,  Franz Schubert,  Samuel Barber  ... 
    Performer:  Gerry Manecke,  Colleen Moore
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    Label: Linda Laderach   Catalog: 5637851211 Release Date: 11/29/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Léon Boëllmann,  Traditional,  Samuel Barber  ... 
    Performer:  Larry Schipull,  Linda Laderach,  Cheryl Cobb
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  • 16.
    The 50 Darkest Pieces Of Classical Music
    Label: X5 Music Group   Catalog: 108 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Edvard Grieg,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Ponti,  Finghin Collins,  Roland Pöntinen,  Emmy Berhey  ... 
    Conductor:  Volke Schmidt-Gertenbach,  Heribert Beissel,  David Parry,  James DePreist  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moyzes String Quartet,  Camerata Antonio Lucio,  Capella Istropolitana  ... 
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    A Festival Of French Organ Music  / Ben Van Oosten
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 3161705 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles-Marie Widor,  Gabriel Pierné,  Felix Alexandre Guilmant,  Eugene Gigout  ... 
    Performer:  Ben van Oosten
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    The Britannic Organ, Vol. 1
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 840 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Hector Berlioz,  Richard Wagner,  Felix Alexandre Guilmant  ... 
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    Essential Organ
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 94913 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Jeremiah Clarke,  Johann Pachelbel,  Dietrich Buxtehude  ... 
    Performer:  Simon Preston,  Colin Tinley,  Valda Aveling,  Noel Rawsthorne  ... 
    Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Georges Armand,  Michel Plasson
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  • 20.
    Ultimate Wedding Collection [emi Classics]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 27203 Release Date: 05/17/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  George Frideric Handel,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Markus Klinko,  Ian Brown,  Susan Tomes,  Frederic Bayco  ... 
    Conductor:  Reginald Kilbey,  Stephen Cleobury,  Sir David Willcocks,  Kenneth Montgomery  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble,  Taverner Players
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  • 21.
    Bach: Toccata & Fugue; Thalben-Ball, Boellmann / James Parsons
    Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks   Catalog: 28580 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Louis Vierne,  Sir George Thalben-Ball,  Sigfrid Karg-Elert  ... 
    Performer:  James Parsons
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  • 22.
    Immortal Romance: Tunes Of Timeless Passion From Bach To Rachmaninov
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300104 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Léon Boëllmann,  Max Reger,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  George Enescu  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Pohl,  Dieter Zechlin,  Günter Kootz,  Jan Vogler  ... 
    Conductor:  Heinz Bongartz,  Heinz Rögner,  Gerhart Wiesenhütter,  Herbert Kegel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra  ... 
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  • 23.
    Til Jomfru Maria
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 700 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Franz Schubert,  Charles Gounod,  Léon Boëllmann  ... 
    Performer:  Birgitte Ebert,  Elisabeth Meyer-Topsoe
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  • 24.
    Essential Wedding
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 27937 Release Date: 08/24/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Markus Klinko,  Tasmin Little,  Piers Lane,  Frederic Bayco  ... 
    Conductor:  Reginald Kilbey,  Stephen Cleobury,  Sir David Willcocks,  Kenneth Montgomery  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble,  Camerata Lysy,  Liverpool Cathedral & Brass Ensemble  ... 
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  • 25.
    Paul Tortelier - The Great EMI Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 88627 Release Date: 03/09/2010   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Tortelier,  Jacques Manzone,  Maud Tortelier
    Conductor:  Jörg Faerber,  Sir Philip Ledger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn,  London Mozart Players
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