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Classical - Released August 9, 2019 | Signum Records

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British organist Joseph Nolan has created a very fine complete recording of Widor's works for organ on three French organs, all built by Cavaillé-Coll and each as sumptuous as the others: they are the organ of La Madeleine in Paris, mainly used for the symphonies; the organ of Saint-Sernin in Toulouse and the organ of Saint-François de Sales in Lyon for the other works. Widor's works don't finish with the exciting toccata of the Fifth Symphony, although this piece – a stunning homage to French romanticism, in the spirit of Johann Sebastian Bach – is durably marked by its luminous tone. Contrary to the style of the likes of Daniel Chorzempa, a spirited and above all colourist performer (Philips), Joseh Nolan adopts measured and tranquil tempos, overexposing the architectural side of the works of this romantic French composer, who was born in 1844 – the same year as Rimsky-Korsakov – and died in 1937, the same year as Ravel, Pierné and Roussel.The heart of Widor's organ works is surely to be found in his ten symphonies, composed between 1872 and 1900. They form a thrilling bridge between Mendelssohn and Messiaen, between the Empire and the Third Republic. Widor was intensely close to the organ: having grown up the son of an organ maker, he soon showed his affinity for the instrument. All of Widor's writing shows a musician with a real head for Dionysian virtuosity: a mindset that can't leave anyone indifferent. This re-release brings together into one box set volumes which have appeared separately over the years, and Signum Classics – for whom Joseph Nolan is one of the most important artists – allow the listener to dive again into a world of music that is too-often neglected outside of organ concerts. © Pierre-Yves Lascar/Qobuz
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Pop - Released April 13, 2019 | Classicato

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Classical - Released March 15, 2019 | CPO

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“An organ for Michelangelo” allegedly exclaimed Charles-Marie Widor upon seeing for the first time the Cavaillé-Coll organ at the Church of St. Ouen in Rouen, completed in 1890 and which has remained in pristine condition to this day. The famous organ builder had in fact integrated in his piece older elements from a Crespin Carlier organ from 1630, thus creating an instrument with wide-ranging sounds, from baroque to late romanticism. And Widor’s Organ Symphony No.9, Op. 70 “Gothique” is dedicated to this very organ! Here, this monumental work is played on the masterpiece that inspired it, a touching return to the original sound sources. In addition to the Ninth, this collection also features the Fifth and its final Toccata which is without a doubt the most famous moment in all of Widor’s work, as well as the Sixth, also made up of five movements, both characterised by their symphonic radiance. The Eighth, the Ninth and the Tenth end Widor’s cycle of ten symphonies for organ, which he wrote between 1887 and 1900 before turning his attention to other musical genres. All the while, he pursued his immense career as an international soloist until the end of his long life, as well as his vocation as a teacher, counting among his students the likes of Louis Vierne, Albert Schweitzer, Charles Tournemire and Marcel Dupré, and as a composition professor for Arthur Honegger, Edgar Varèse and Darius Milhaud. His style bears the clear influence of César Franck, whom he succeeded at the Conservatoire de Paris, and to a lesser extent of Saint-Saëns, for whom he worked as an assistant during his studies. The Cavaillé-Coll in Rouen is truly one of the most extraordinary instruments of its time; and Widor’s music is perfectly tailored for its thousand facets. © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released January 5, 2018 | HORTUS

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Classical - Released July 7, 2017 | Signum Records

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Classical - Released February 5, 2017 | CDKlassisk

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Classical - Released February 26, 2016 | Signum Records

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Classical - Released September 7, 2015 | Prestare

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Classical - Released August 28, 2015 | Aeolus

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Classical - Released April 24, 2015 | VDE-GALLO

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Classical - Released November 2, 2014 | Aeolus

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Classical - Released February 10, 2014 | Signum Records

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Classical - Released September 1, 2013 | DUX

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Chamber Music - Released July 30, 2013 | Genuin

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Classical - Released July 29, 2013 | Signum Records

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Classical - Released July 1, 2013 | Skarbo

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Classical - Released July 1, 2013 | Skarbo

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Classical - Released July 1, 2013 | Alba

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