. . . with and without hymn-tune themes, numerous composers, following the lead of the celebrated César Franck, wrote solo organ music titled ‘choral’.
CHARLES TOURNEMIRE: Choral Alleluiatique No. 1, fr L’Orgue Mystique, Op. 57 (Suite No. 43, for the 16th Sunday after Pentecost) –Adrian Gunning (1885 Cavaillé-Coll/Notre Dame d’Auteuil, Paris) Herald 361
TOURNEMIRE: Choral Alléluiatique No. 5, fr L’Orgue Mystique, Op. 57 (Suite No. 47 for the 20thSunday after Pentecost) –Tjeerde van der Ploeg (1922 Mutin-Cavaillé-Coll/Collegial Church of St. Peter, Douai, France) VLS 03/0497
Filler – FRANCK Choral No. 1 (see above)
Cesar Franck’s church, St. Clothilde, was a new addition to the Parisian scene. Construction began in 1846 and the church opened in 1857. Franck was appointed organist in 1858 and oversaw the installation in 1859 of an organ of 46 stops built by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll. The story of the organ and its installation, as well as a subsequent account by organologist Jean-Louis Coignet regarding the various changes to the instrument over the years, (1933, 1962, 1983, 2002, etc.) make for interesting reading as you listen to these three recordings of the Franck Chorals!
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