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The Wanamaker Organ: Centennial Concert - Guilmant: Symphony No. 2 for organ & orch.; Widor: Symphony No. 6 for organ & orch.; Jongen / Peter Richard Conte, organ

Album Summary

>Guilmant, Alexandre : Symphony no 2 for organ & orchestra, in A major, Op. 91
>Jongen, Joseph : Alleluja, for organ & orchestra, Op. 112
>Jongen, Joseph : Hymne, for organ & string orchestra, Op. 78
>Widor, Charles-Marie : Symphony for organ & orchestra, Op. 42bis
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Notes & Reviews:

The Wanamaker Organ: Centennial Concert program consists of works by composers with deep connections to the Wanamaker Organ. Alexadre Guilmant played 40 recitals on this instrument before it became the nucleus of the present Wanamaker Organ. Of the three works Joseph Jongen wrote for organ and orchestra, one was written for the Wanamaker ("A Grand Celebration") - the other two works are included here. Charles-Marie Widor's Sixth Symphony, in this version for organ and orchestra, received its American premiere in 1919 on the Wanamaker with Leopold Stokowski helming the Philadelphia Orchestra. Celebrating his 25th year as Wanamaker Grand Court Organist, Peter Richard Conte is only the fourth person to hold that title since 1911. He performs concerts twice daily, six days each week, on this, the largest fully-functioning musical instrument in the world. Rossen Milanov is the Music Director of Symphony in C.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
In the Guilmant I slightly prefer the Krapp recording, though the Philadelphia one is very attractive. Krapp also seems to have a bigger orchestra. It is a matter of space, orchestra, and recording rather than organist; Mr Conte is superb. Mr Metz thought the CPO recording of the Widor - in Bamberg - was the best he had heard, and I suspect that recommendation would stand even if he heard this one. Again the Bamberg organ and orchestra seem ideal for the music, and the place seems right for recording it. Don Metz preferred clearer sound. And I really like monster organs! I don't mind if they sometimes swallow whole orchestras. The Jongen pieces are very beautiful. Mr Metz reviewed a recording of them with the Widor (July/Aug 2000). The Alleluia is brassier, the Hymn more subdued, with a lovely string theme.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Macy's Center City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (10/01/2011).



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>Guilmant, Alexandre : Symphony no 2 for organ & orchestra, in A major, Op. 91
  • Performer: Peter Conte (Organ)
  • Conductor: Rossen Milanov
  • Running Time: 30 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Jongen, Joseph : Alleluja, for organ & orchestra, Op. 112
  • Performer: Peter Conte (Organ)
  • Conductor: Rossen Milanov
  • Running Time: 5 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1940
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Jongen, Joseph : Hymne, for organ & string orchestra, Op. 78
  • Performer: Peter Conte (Organ)
  • Conductor: Rossen Milanov
  • Running Time: 8 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1924
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Widor, Charles-Marie : Symphony for organ & orchestra, Op. 42bis
  • Performer: Peter Conte (Organ)
  • Conductor: Rossen Milanov
  • Running Time: 26 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1882
  • Studio/Live: Live