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Félix Alexandre Guilmant: Complete Organ Sonatas / Adriano Falcioni, organ

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  1. Guilmant — Organ Sonata No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 42: I. Introduction et allegro $0.69 on iTunes
  2. Guilmant — Organ Sonata No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 42: II. Pastorale. Andante quasi allegretto $0.69 on iTunes
  3. Guilmant — Organ Sonata No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 42: III. Final. Allegro assai $0.69 on iTunes
  4. Guilmant — Organ Sonata No. 2 in D Major, Op. 50: I. Allegro moderato $0.69 on iTunes
  5. Guilmant — Organ Sonata No. 2 in D Major, Op. 50: II. Larghetto $0.69 on iTunes
  6. Guilmant — Organ Sonata No. 2 in D Major, Op. 50: III. Allegro vivace $0.69 on iTunes
  7. Guilmant — Organ Sonata No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 56: I. Preludio. Allegro maestoso e con fuoco $0.69 on iTunes
  8. Guilmant — Organ Sonata No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 56: II. Adagio $0.69 on iTunes
  9. Guilmant — Organ Sonata No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 56: III. Fuga. Allegro moderato $0.69 on iTunes
  10. Guilmant — Organ Sonata No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 61: I. Allegro assai $0.69 on iTunes
  11. Guilmant — Organ Sonata No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 61: II. Andante $0.69 on iTunes
  12. Guilmant — Organ Sonata No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 61: III. Menuetto. Allegretto $0.69 on iTunes
  13. Guilmant — Organ Sonata No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 61: IV. Final. Adagio-Allegro vivace con fuoco $0.69 on iTunes
  14. Guilmant — Organ Sonata No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 80: I. Allegro appassionato $0.69 on iTunes
  15. Guilmant — Organ Sonata No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 80: III. Scherzo. Allegro $0.69 on iTunes
  16. Guilmant — Organ Sonata No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 80: IV. Recitativo $0.69 on iTunes
  17. Guilmant — Organ Sonata No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 80: V. Choral et fugue. Allegro $0.69 on iTunes
  18. Guilmant — Organ Sonata No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 86: I. Allegro con fuoco $0.69 on iTunes
  19. Guilmant — Organ Sonata No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 86: II. Méditation. Andante quasi adagio $0.69 on iTunes
  20. Guilmant — Organ Sonata No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 86: III. Fugue et adagio $0.69 on iTunes
  21. Guilmant — Organ Sonata No. 7 in F Major, Op. 89: I. Entrée $0.69 on iTunes
  22. Guilmant — Organ Sonata No. 7 in F Major, Op. 89: II. Lento assai (Reve) $0.69 on iTunes
  23. Guilmant — Organ Sonata No. 7 in F Major, Op. 89: III. Intermezzo $0.69 on iTunes
  24. Guilmant — Organ Sonata No. 7 in F Major, Op. 89: IV. Grand choeur (Allegro con brio) $0.69 on iTunes
  25. Guilmant — Organ Sonata No. 7 in F Major, Op. 89: V. Cantabile $0.69 on iTunes
  26. Guilmant — Organ Sonata No. 7 in F Major, Op. 89: VI. Final. Allegro $0.69 on iTunes
  27. Guilmant — Organ Sonata No. 8 in A Major, Op. 91: I. Introduction et allegro risoluto $0.69 on iTunes
  28. Guilmant — Organ Sonata No. 8 in A Major, Op. 91: II. Adagio con affetto $0.69 on iTunes
  29. Guilmant — Organ Sonata No. 8 in A Major, Op. 91: III. Scherzo (Vivace) $0.69 on iTunes
  30. Guilmant — Organ Sonata No. 8 in A Major, Op. 91: IV. Andante sostenuto $0.69 on iTunes
  31. Guilmant — Organ Sonata No. 8 in A Major, Op. 91: V. Intermède et allegro con brio $0.69 on iTunes

Notes & Reviews:

Adriano Falcioni’s recordings on Brilliant Classics of a diverse repertoire, from Couperin to Bruhns to Franck, reveal an uncommonly versatile artist, and one who relishes the colouristic possibilities of each particular instrument at hand: he has recorded the complete sonatas of Alexandre Guilmant on a richly caparisoned, eminently suitable four-manual organ from 1897 by Carlo Vegezzi-Bossi, who was one of the foremost Italian builders around the turn of the last century. Only one other recording of the complete sonatas is available, retailing at full price, making this new recording an essential acquisition for organ buffs as well as any enthusiast for post-Wagnerian instrumental palettes. Formally speaking, the sonatas owe their structure to the Classical models of early German Romanticism such as Mendelssohn, whose sonatas have likewise enjoyed far greater familiarity than they do now, and Guilmant’s background – he was born into a family of organ builders and organists at Boulogne-sur-Mer in 1837 – gave him an intimate familiarity with the contrapuntal masters of the Baroque such as Bach and Handel. Appointed organist at La Trinité church in Paris in 1871 (where, half a century later, the post of titulaire would be occupied by one Olivier Messiaen), he succeeded Widor as professor of organ at the Paris Conservatoire, at the same time beginning a career as a virtuoso organist that took him on concert tours of Europe and America. Thus the organ sonatas do not waft on clouds of Franckian incense, but are more rhythmically muscular, with outer movements often powered with a toccata-like drive that distinguishes the finale of his first sonata, perhaps his single best-known movement these days. Falcioni reveals the subsequent seven works to be no less worthy of investigation.



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