One on One #2044
Grandeur and majesty. Passion and poetry. These are the elements of a new musical style that evolved in Paris in the latter 19th-century which revolutionized the art of the organ. On our next Pipedreams broadcast, we’ll hear two ‘firsts’ - two symphonic works for solo organ by Charles-Marie Widor and his pupil and, ultimately, competitor, Louis Vierne. Inspired by the sonorities of the lavish new instruments designed by master organ builder Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, both Widor, who was the first to call a composition an organ symphony, and Vierne created musical masterpieces that are both a challenge to play and a joy to hear.
CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR: Prélude, from Organ Symphony Number 1 in c, Opus 13, number 1 –Ben van Oosten (1898 Cavaillé-Coll/Church of Santa Maria la Real, Azkoitia, Spain) Dabringhaus und Grimm MDG 316 0401
CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR: Adagio, from Symphony Number 1 –Suzanne Chaisemartin (1868 Barker; 1899 Cavaillé-Coll; 1961 Beuchet-Debierre; 1987 Dargassies/Église St. Augustin, Paris, France) Motette CD MOT 11221
The majority of the performers listed here have recorded the entire respective works by themselves, and some have essayed the complete cycle of symphonies by Widor, who wrote ten, and Vierne, who wrote six.