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Charles-Marie Widor: Organ Symphonies Opp. 42, 3 & 69 / Christian Schmitt, organ; Bamberg SO

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>Widor, Charles-Marie : Symphony no 3, for organ & orchestra, Op. 69
>Widor, Charles-Marie : Symphony for organ no 7 in A minor, Op. 42/3

Album Summary

>Widor, Charles-Marie : Symphony no 3, for organ & orchestra, Op. 69
>Widor, Charles-Marie : Symphony for organ no 7 in A minor, Op. 42/3
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Widor epitomizes French organ music of the 19th century. He quickly made a name for himself as a composer, and his 10 symphonies for solo organ are regarded today as the best of the virtuosic French school. Vol. 2 brings together the Organ Symphony op.69 with orchestra and the Symphony for Solo Organ No. 7 op. 42, 3 interpreted by Schmitt, who is a most distinguished German organist of the younger generation. Widor himself quite often termed his op. 69 a "grand concerto for organ."

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
Two less familiar pieces make up this program. One is an orchestral piece with the organ's infrequent participation. Widor was influenced by Saint-Saens's Symphony in C minor (the Organ Symphony) for this work from 1894. There are two main sections with five smaller sections lasting about half an hour. Some of the orchestral writing is pleasantly romantic, but the organ is only heard in the later portions.



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>Widor, Charles-Marie : Symphony no 3, for organ & orchestra, Op. 69
  • Performer: Christian Schmitt (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stefan Solyom
  • Ensemble: Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Konzerthalle Bamberg (10/09/2008-10/12/2008)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1895

>Widor, Charles-Marie : Symphony for organ no 7 in A minor, Op. 42/3
  • Performer: Christian Schmitt (Organ)
  • Notes: Église de Saint-Ouen, Rouen, France (10/11/2010-10/14/2010)
  • Running Time: 42 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1887