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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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Classical - Released July 7, 2017 | Signum Records

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released May 5, 2017 | Signum Records

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Gramophone Editor's Choice
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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released June 17, 2016 | Signum Records

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 4 étoiles du Monde de la Musique
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Classical - Released February 26, 2016 | Signum Records

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Classical - Released February 10, 2014 | Signum Records

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Classical - Released July 29, 2013 | Signum Records

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Classical - Released January 14, 2013 | Signum Records

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Classical - Released May 7, 2012 | Signum Records

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