Léon Boëllmann


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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  • 26.
    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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    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:  Elisabeth Meyer-Topsoe,  Birgitte Ebert
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  • 28.
    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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  • 29.
    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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  • 30.
    The Organ Of Saint Sulpice Paris / Joseph Nolan
    Label: Signum Classics   Catalog: 167 Release Date: 09/29/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Franz Liszt,  Sir George Thalben-Ball,  Léon Boëllmann
    Performer:  Joseph Nolan
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  • 31.
    Best Wedding 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64262 Release Date: 06/16/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Claude Debussy,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Markus Klinko,  Ian Brown,  Christopher van Kampen,  Susan Tomes  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Reginald Kilbey,  Sir John Barbirolli,  Stephen Cleobury  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble,  Vienna String Sextet Members,  Ensemble Berlin  ... 
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  • 32.
    Label: Skarbo   Catalog: 4078 Release Date: 05/12/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Barber,  Léon Boëllmann,  Charles-Marie Widor,  Eugene Gigout
    Performer:  Frederic Ledroit,  Jean-Pierre Ferey
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    Westpoint Organ Recital / Daniel Chorzempa
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 416159 Release Date: 12/16/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Joseph Rheinberger,  Eugene Gigout,  Louis Vierne  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Chorzempa
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  • 34.
    Poeme Heroique - Pieces For Organ & Brass Quintet
    Label: Talent Records   Catalog: 108 Release Date: 09/30/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marcel Dupré,  Léon Boëllmann,  Felix Alexandre Guilmant,  César Franck  ... 
    Performer:  Jan Vermeire
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ottone Brass Quintet
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  • 35.
    ¡bravo Grande! - Boëllmann, Et Al / David Heller
    Label: Pro Organo   Catalog: 7218 Release Date: 02/19/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Louis Vierne,  C. S. Lang,  Léon Boëllmann  ... 
    Performer:  David Heller
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  • 36.
    Naji Hakim Plays The Organ Of Glenalmond College
    Label: Signum Classics   Catalog: 130 Release Date: 01/01/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Langlais,  Nicholas de Grigny,  Naji Hakim,  César Franck  ... 
    Performer:  Naji Hakim
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    This Time It's Personal - Brewer, Bach, Et Al / Ketterer
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1225 Release Date: 03/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sigfrid Karg-Elert,  John W. Bratton,  Charles-Marie Widor,  William Albright  ... 
    Performer:  Stephen Ketterer
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  • 38.
    Moods For Cello And Piano / Harro Ruijsenaars, Erik Risberg
    Label: Intim Musik   Catalog: 26 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Popper,  Tor Aulin,  Selim Palmgren,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Harro Ruijsenaars,  Erik Risberg
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  • 39.
    Romantic Face - Mendelssohn, Franck, Et Al / Michel Chapuis
    Label: Plenum Vox   Catalog: 3 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Carl Czerny,  Felix Alexandre Guilmant,  Moritz Brosig  ... 
    Performer:  Michel Chapuis
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  • 40.
    The Bass Of Both Worlds / David J. Grossman
    Label: Music Du Jour   Catalog: 5637266236 Release Date: 09/26/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Henri Casadesus,  George Frideric Handel,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  David J. Grossman
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  • 41.
    Felix Hell Plays The Reiger-kloss Organ
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1162 Release Date: 05/30/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Max Reger,  Charles-Marie Widor,  Léon Boëllmann  ... 
    Performer:  Felix Hell
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  • 42.
    Organ In St. Jacob's Church / Bondemann, Waldenby
    Label: Nosag Records   Catalog: 2098 Release Date: 04/25/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Charles-Marie Widor,  César Franck,  Michael Waldenby  ... 
    Performer:  Anders Bondeman,  Michael Waldenby,  Marcel Dupré
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  • 43.
    Label: Skarbo   Catalog: 1049 Release Date: 01/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Cras,  Charles Koechlin,  Léon Boëllmann,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-Pierre Ferey
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  • 44.
    Art And Music - Cezanne - Music Of His Time
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558179 Release Date: 01/17/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Georges Bizet,  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Henri Duparc  ... 
    Performer:  Georges Rabol,  Roger Vignoles,  Paul Groves,  Béla Bánfalvi  ... 
    Conductor:  Yoav Talmi,  Anthony Bramall,  John Georgiadis,  Alexander Rahbari
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Diego Symphony Orchestra,  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra,  RTE Sinfonietta  ... 
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  • 45.
    Marches For The Organ - Lasceaux, Et Al / Roland Muhr
    Label: Motette   Catalog: 1327 Release Date: 11/29/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Guillaume Lasceux,  Claude-Béninge Balbastre,  George Frideric Handel,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Roland Muhr
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  • 46.
    Christmas Organ Music / Elisabeth Roloff
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm) Gold   Catalog: 3201345 Release Date: 11/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Alexandre Guilmant,  Pierbattista Farinelli,  Armando Pierucci,  Marco Enrico Bossi  ... 
    Performer:  Elisabeth Roloff
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  • 47.
    Label: Skarbo   Catalog: 1021 Release Date: 08/30/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Louis Vierne,  Léon Boëllmann,  Olivier Messiaen,  Jean Langlais
    Performer:  Gérard Loisemant
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  • 48.
    Wesel: Glockenspiel And Organ Music / Siegel
    Label: Motette   Catalog: 6031 Release Date: 06/29/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Léon Boëllmann,  Max Reger,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Alfons Siegel
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  • 49.
    Alle Registers Open / Beekman
    Label: Zefir Records   Catalog: 9605 Release Date: 06/01/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Christoph Kellner,  Willem Lootens,  Pieter Bustijn,  Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck  ... 
    Performer:  Bram Beekman
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  • 50.
    Bear Essentials - Wedding Classics
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 2411 Release Date: 03/25/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Théodore Dubois,  John Stanley,  George Frideric Handel,  Charles-Marie Widor  ... 
    Performer:  Francis Jackson,  Richard Marlow,  Ian Tracey,  Gillian Weir  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox,  Yan Pascal Tortelier,  Robert Gibson,  Simon Standage  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Musicum 90 Choir,  Collegium Musicum 90,  Ulster Orchestra  ... 
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