1969 Klais organ at Saint Kilian‘s Cathedral, Würzburg, Germany.
1969 Klais organ at Saint Kilian‘s Cathedral, Würzburg, Germany.
David Casteel

King Widor #0217

He was the big cheese in the French organ world of one hundred years ago, and on our next Pipedreams broadcast we celebrate his legacy with a composite performance of his most famous work. Although he wrote 10 solo organ symphonies, his Number V has always been the most popular, because of its famous concluding Toccata. We’ll hear the entire work, each movement played by a different soloist on a different instrument, plus another symphony, for organ and orchestra, a rare gem presented in concert at the American guild of Organists Convention in Atlanta. Hear the lavish and lovely compositions of Charles-Marie Widor a toast to King Widor this week on Pipedreams.

CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR: Symphony Number 5 in F, Opus 42, number 1:
1st movement, Allegro vivaceFrederick Hohman (1954; 1990 Schantz/Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Newark, NJ) Pro Organo CD 7021
2nd movement, Allegro cantabile –Hans Musch (1969 Klais/St. Kilian Cathedral, Würzburg, Germany) Christophorus CD-74606
3rd movement, Andantino quasi allegrettoKare Nordstoga (1885 Cavaillé-Coll/Abbaye aux Hommes [Saint-Etienne], Caen, France) Simax CD-1073
4th movement, AdagioFrançois-Henri Houbart (1845 Cavaillé-Coll/Église de la Madeleine, Paris, France) Pierre Verany CD-786033
5th movement, ToccataDaniel Chorzempa (1888 Cavaillé-Coll/Basilique Saint-Sernin, Toulouse, France) Philips 410 054

CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR (arranged by van Vliet): Romance, Opus 34, originally for flute and orchestra –Herman van Vliet (1883 Bätz/Museum Speelklok, Utrecht, The Netherlands) Festivo FECD-108

CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR: Sinfonia Sacre, Opus 81 –Atlanta Symphony members, George Hanson, conductor; Jonathan Biggers (1987 Petty-Madden/Trinity Presbyterian, Atlanta, GA) Pipedreams Archive recorded June 30, 1992 at an American Guild of Organists national convention.

Filler –CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR: Toccata, from Symphony Number 5 –Daniel Roth (1862 Cavaillé-Coll/Église Saint-Sulpice, Paris, France) Motette CD MOT 11141


This program was originally issued as #9505 in January 1995.