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Fantaisie Triomphale - Guilmant, etc / Tracey, Gamba

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> Grand choeur dialogue (version for orchestra) - Grand choeur dialogue
> Cypres et lauriers, Op. 156 - I. Cypres -
> Cypres et lauriers, Op. 156 - II. Lauriers
> Fantaisie sur l'hymne national russe - Fantaisie sur l'hymne national russe
> 4 pieces, Op. 19 (arr. M. Dupre) - 4 pieces, Op. 19: No. 4. Cortege et litanie
> Allegro, Op. 81 - Allegro, Op. 81
> Meditation sur le Stabat mater, Op. 63 - Meditation sur le Stabat mater, Op. 63
> Final alla Schumann, Op. 83 - Final alla Schumann, Op. 83
> Marche-fantaisie, Op. 44 - Marche-fantaisie, Op. 44
> Fantaisie triomphale - Fantaisie triomphale

Album Summary

>Gigout, Eugene : Grand choeur dialogue for organ
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Cypres et lauriers, for organ & orchestra, Op. 156
>Gounod, Charles : Fantasy on the Russian National Anthem for pedal piano & orchestra
>Dupre, Marcel [Composer] : Cortege et litanie, for organ & orchestra (or organ solo), Op. 19/2
>Guilmant, Alexandre : Allegro for organ & orchestra, Op. 81
>Guilmant, Alexandre : Meditation on the Stabat Mater, for organ & orchestra, Op. 63
>Guilmant, Alexandre : Final for organ & orchestra "alla Schumannn sur un Noel Languedocien," Op. 83
>Guilmant, Alexandre : Marche-Fantaisie on Church Songs, for organ, 2 harps & orchestra, Op. 44/3
>Dubois, Théodore : Fantaisie triomphale, for organ & orchestra
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Notes & Reviews:

Dramatic, inspiring music. Performed on the great Henry Willis organ - the largest in the U.K. Unique collection of rare French symphonic organ works The vibrant Chandos sound is maximised in this release: as a dual layer hybrid surround- sound SACD, playable on all CD players Ian Tracey is well-established as one of the leading exponents of this music and his skills are brought out to the fore in this brilliant selection of virtuosic works by some of the greatest masters of this genre, including Saint-Saëns, Guilmant and Dupre.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Orchestral music lovers, organ buffs and hi-fi enthusiasts will be well satisfied with the epic sonic splendour of this CD from the combined forces of the BBC Philharmonic and the fivemanual, 146-stop Willis organ of Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. Dubois, Gigout and Guilmant may be better known to organists than anyone else but they're capable of composing music which can easily withstand comparison with the works by the more famous Dupré, Gounod and Saint-Saëns.

With all the composers the emphasis is on strong, heroic melodies, adventurous harmonies and key changes, and the fullest exploitation of the ever-increasing resources of the post-Berlioz symphony orchestra and the French Cavaillé-Coll organ. Dubois's, Gigout's and Gounod's pieces are undemanding essays in triumphal march-like compositions; more thoughtful and interesting music with some magical orchestral effects is to be found in the works by Dupré, Guilmant and Saint-Saëns.

Ian Tracey finds suitably Gallic colours from the Willis organ and he, Rumon Gamba and the BBC Phil achieve impeccable ensemble and balance in their fine performances. It's a pity, though, that this CD wasn't recorded in a different venue as in the cathedral there's an uncomfortable contrast between the immediate sound of the orchestra at floor level and the more distant sound of the organ pipes higher up and spread around the building. Despite these obstacles, full marks to Chandos for its excellent engineering.



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Works Details

>Eugène Gigout (1844 - 1925) : Grand choeur dialogué for organ
  • Performer: Ian Tracey (Organ)
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Notes: Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool, Lancashire, England (06/28/2006/06/29/2006)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Cyprès et lauriers, for organ & orchestra, Op. 156
  • Performer: Ian Tracey (Organ)
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Notes: Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool, Lancashire, England (06/28/2006/06/29/2006)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1919

>Gounod, Charles : Fantasy on the Russian National Anthem for pedal piano & orchestra
  • Performer: Ian Tracey (Organ)
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Notes: Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool, Lancashire, England (06/28/2006/06/29/2006)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Marcel Dupré (Composer) (1886 - 1971) : Cortège et litanie, for organ & orchestra (or organ solo), Op. 19/2
  • Performer: Ian Tracey (Organ)
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Notes: Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool, Lancashire, England (06/28/2006/06/29/2006)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1921

>Guilmant, Alexandre : Allegro for organ & orchestra, Op. 81
  • Performer: Ian Tracey (Organ)
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Notes: Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool, Lancashire, England (06/28/2006/06/29/2006)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto

>Guilmant, Alexandre : Meditation on the Stabat Mater, for organ & orchestra, Op. 63
  • Performer: Ian Tracey (Organ)
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Notes: Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool, Lancashire, England (06/28/2006/06/29/2006)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto

>Guilmant, Alexandre : Final for organ & orchestra "alla Schumannn sur un Noël Languedocien," Op. 83
  • Performer: Ian Tracey (Organ)
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Notes: Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool, Lancashire, England (06/28/2006/06/29/2006)
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto

>Guilmant, Alexandre : Marche-Fantaisie on Church Songs, for organ, 2 harps & orchestra, Op. 44/3
  • Performer: Ian Tracey (Organ)
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Notes: Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool, Lancashire, England (06/28/2006/06/29/2006)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Théodore Dubois (1837 - 1924) : Fantaisie triomphale, for organ & orchestra
  • Performer: Ian Tracey (Organ)
  • Conductor: Rumon Gamba
  • Notes: Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool, Lancashire, England (06/28/2006/06/29/2006)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic