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Charles-Marie Widor: The Organ Symphonies, Vol. 1 - Symphonies nos 5 & 6 / Joseph Nolan, organ

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>Widor, Charles-Marie : Symphony for organ no 6 in G minor, Op. 42/2
>Widor, Charles-Marie : Symphony for organ no 5 in F minor, Op. 42/1

Album Summary

>Widor, Charles-Marie : Symphony for organ no 6 in G minor, Op. 42/2
>Widor, Charles-Marie : Symphony for organ no 5 in F minor, Op. 42/1
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Notes & Reviews:

Volume 1 in a new collection of Charles-Marie Widor's Organ Symphonies, performed by Joseph Nolan on the magnificent Cavaillé-Coll organ of L'église de la Madeleine, Paris. Bridging the generations from Mendelssohn to Messiaen, Empire to Republic, Widor was born to the organ. His Lyonnaise kinsfolk were organ-builders, he showed early talent for the instrument, and for decades was the embodiment of its might and splendor across the Gallic domain - his 'Organ Symphonies' were genre-defining in their influence.

Joseph Nolan is an internationally renowned organist, acclaimed as 'brilliant and such an astute musician' (Gramophone UK). He was appointed to Her Majesty's Chapels Royal, St James's Palace in 2004, and has since been invited to perform and record in some of the world's premiere venues - including the refurbished Organ of Buckingham Palace Ballroom (SIGCD114) and the Organ of Saint-Sulpice in Paris (SIGCD167). The Cavaillé-Coll Organ of La Madeleine, Paris is a similarly renowned instrument, with former chief-organists including Camille Saint-Säens and Gabriel Fauré.

MusicWeb International
These performances are full of spontaneity yet for all Nolan's brilliance he allows the requirements of the composer always to take priority. The sympathy and expression that Nolan gives to this music and the assurance of his results will undoubtedly give this recital a special place amongst organ collectors.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2012
Aficionados of Widor's Toccata will be interested to know that Joseph Nolan adopts the slow and stately approach, rather than the brisk and brash one...Nolan's carefully prepared and immaculately delivered performances also demonstrate that, while the Toccata may be Widor's most popular creation, it is by no means his best...this has few challengers when it comes to the utter authority of the performances.

International Record Review, November 2012
Nolan gives completely convincing performances of both works... his registration is exemplary... organ enthusiasts should certainly acquire this disc for the sake of Nolan's admirable musical intelligence.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Church of the Madeleine, Paris, France (05/18/2011-05/24/2011).



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>Widor, Charles-Marie : Symphony for organ no 6 in G minor, Op. 42/2
  • Performer: Joseph Nolan (Organ)
  • Notes: Church of the Madeleine, Paris, France (05/18/2011-05/24/2011)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1878

>Widor, Charles-Marie : Symphony for organ no 5 in F minor, Op. 42/1
  • Performer: Joseph Nolan (Organ)
  • Notes: Church of the Madeleine, Paris, France (05/18/2011-05/24/2011)
  • Running Time: 37 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1880