Charles-Marie Widor
Charles-Marie Widor

Widor, Thou Goest #1945

…despite that ruthless Biblical reference, today we follow the lead of the great composer of organ symphonies, Charles-Marie Widor.

Hour 1

CHARLES-MARIE WIDOROrgan Symphony No. 8 in B, Op. 42, no. 4 (each of the work’s seven movements is played by a different artist on a different instrument):
  Allegro risoluto (i.) –Frédéric Ledroit (1863 Cavaillé-Coll/St. Etienne, Mulhouse) Scarbo 1102
  Moderato cantabile (ii.) –Joseph Nolan (1845 Cavaillé-Coll/La Madeleine, Paris) Signum 337
  Allegro (iii) –Charles Echols (2007 Casavant/Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, Saint Paul, MN) PD Archive (r. 2009).  The remainder of the symphony is heard in the second hour of today’s program.
WIDORSymphony No. 3, Op. 69 for Organ & OrchestraBamberg Symphony/Stefan Solyom; Christian Schmitt (1993 Jann/Keilberth Hall, Bamberg, Germany) cpo 777 678

Filler – Symphony Opus 69 (first movement conclusion)

Hour 2

WIDORPsalm 83, Op. 23, no. 1Les Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal; Les Chantres Musiciens/Gilbert Patenaud; Vincent Boucher (1960 Beckerath/St. Joseph Oratory, Montreal, Quebec) ATMA 2718

WIDORTrois Chansons de Mer; Pâle étoile du soirAnne-Marie Rodde, soprano; Noël Lee, piano. Etcetera 1094

WIDOROrgan Symphony No. 8 in B, Op. 42, no. 4 (continued):
  Prelude (iva.) –Ben van Oosten (1890 Cavaillé-Coll/St. Ouen, Rouen) MG&D 316 0405
  Variations (ivb.) –Pierre Pincemaille (1885 Cavaillé-Coll/St. Etienne, Caen) Solstice 184
  Adagio (v.) –Hans Fagius (1995 Åkerman & Lund/Kallio Church, Helsinki) Bis 1007
  Finale(vi.) –Christian Schmitt (1890 Cavaillé-Coll/St, Ouen Abbey, Rouen) cpo 777 706

Filler – Symphony Op. 69 (finale)

We recommend John R. Near’s excellent biography: Widor, A Life Beyond the Toccata, issued by the University of Rochester Press.