1858 Cavaillé-Coll/Sainte Clotilde, Paris
1858 Cavaillé-Coll/Sainte Clotilde, Paris
Sainte Clotilde, Paris

Chorals #2139

. . . with and without hymn-tune themes, numerous composers, following the lead of the celebrated César Franck, wrote solo organ music titled ‘choral’.

Hour One

CHARLES TOURNEMIREChoral 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

JOSEPH BOULNOISChoral in f#Jane Parker-Smith (1998 Goll/Church of St. Martin, Memmingen, Germany) Avie 34

LOUIS VIERNEChoral, fr Symphony No. 2 in c, Op. 20Martin Jean (1928 Skinner/Woolsey Hall, Yale University, New Haven, CT) Loft 1071

PERCY WHITLOCKFantasie Choral No. 1Alcee Chriss (2014 Casavant/Maison Symphonique, Montreal, Quebec, Canada) ATMA 2782

HENDRIK ANDRIESSENChoral No. 1Raymond Chenault (2003 Buzard/All Saints Episcopal Church, Atlanta, GA) Gothic 49305/6

Filler – JOSEPH JONGENChoral in E, fr Four Pieces, Op. 37, no. 4Peter Van de Velde (1891 Schyven/Our Lady’s Cathedral, Antwerp, Belgium) Aeolus 11091


Hour Two

J. S. BACHChorale, Helft mir Gottes Güte preisen, BWV Anhang 54Gerhard Gnann (1750 J-A Silbermann/Church of St. Maurice, Soutz-Haut-Rhin, France) Aeolus 10761/14 

TOURNEMIREChoral 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

CÉSAR FRANCKChoral No. 3 in aCharles Tournemire (1859 Cavaillé-Coll/Basilica St. Clotilde, Paris) Polydor 566057/8 (r. 1930)

FRANCKChoral No. 2 in bJean Langlais (1859 Cavaillé-Coll/Basilica St. Clotilde, Paris) GIA Publications 272 (r. 1963)

FRANCKChoral No. 1 in EOlivier Penin (1859 Cavaillé-Coll, expanded/Basilica St. Clotilde, Paris) Bayard Musique 308 472.2 (r. 2015)

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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