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Vierne: Complete Organ Symphonies


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Some years before graduating from the Paris Conservatoire with a coveted first prize in 1894, Louis Vierne was serving as an assistant to his teacher, Charles Widor, both at the Conservatoire itself and at the Church of Saint-Sulpice. Both in teaching and composing he upheld and developed the heritage of the French organ school, which was maintained by his students such as Henri Mulet, Marcel Dupré and Nadia Boulanger. In 1900 he won the most coveted post of all as titulaire at Notre-Dame, placing him in charge of the instrument which had already attained iconic significance as the masterpiece of its designer and builder, Aristide Cavaillé-Coll. In developing beyond Franck and Widor the genre of the symphony for solo organ with the superb sextet of works recorded here, Vierne was inspired by the orchestrally conceived instruments of Cavaillé-Coll. He created whole new families of stops and voicing and coupling mechanisms that allowed an organ to imitate virtually every instrument of the orchestra. This enabled composers to write for the organ as if it were a symphony orchestra. Vierne’s six symphonies attracted admiration from the unlikely quarter of Debussy, and they exercised a formative influence on the young Messiaen. All six symphonies are cast in minor tonalities, with an expressive key signature of cavernous Gothic gloom periodically illuminated, especially in the finales, by brilliant shafts of light, and by flowing currents of melody in the gentler Andante movements, swirling like incense in the heavy air. Hayo Boerema recorded this newly released set of the complete symphonies on the superb Marcussen-built organ at the main church in Rotterdam, the Laurenskerk, where he has been organist since 2005.
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Item number BRI96226
Barcode 5028421962269
Release date 11/20/2020
Category Classical Music
Label BRILLIANT CLASSICS
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 3
Performers
Classical Artist Boerema, Hayo
Disc: 1
Organ Symphony No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 1400:17:00
1 I. Prélude 00:08:31 Boerema, Hayo
2 II. Fugue 00:05:14 Boerema, Hayo
3 III. Pastorale 00:07:20 Boerema, Hayo
4 IV. Allegro vivace 00:04:39 Boerema, Hayo
5 V. Andante 00:06:54 Boerema, Hayo
6 VI. Final 00:06:42 Boerema, Hayo
Organ Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 2000:22:10
7 I. Allegro 00:07:37 Boerema, Hayo
8 II. Choral 00:07:59 Boerema, Hayo
9 III. Scherzo 00:04:05 Boerema, Hayo
10 IV. Cantabile 00:07:38 Boerema, Hayo
11 V. Final 00:08:07 Boerema, Hayo
Organ Symphony No. 3 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 2800:25:00
12 I. Allegro maestoso 00:07:07 Boerema, Hayo
13 II. Cantilene 00:05:56 Boerema, Hayo
14 III. Intermezzo 00:04:17 Boerema, Hayo
15 IV. Adagio 00:07:39 Boerema, Hayo
16 V. Final 00:06:21 Boerema, Hayo
Organ Symphony No. 5 in A Minor, Op. 4700:40:00
17 I. Grave 00:08:04 Boerema, Hayo
18 II. Allegro molto marcato 00:08:59 Boerema, Hayo
19 III. Tempi di scherzo ma non troppo vivo 00:05:04 Boerema, Hayo
20 IV. Larghetto 00:11:25 Boerema, Hayo
21 V. Final 00:11:01 Boerema, Hayo
Organ Symphony No. 4 in G Minor, Op. 3200:29:00
22 I. Prelude 00:06:38 Boerema, Hayo
23 II. Allegro 00:05:57 Boerema, Hayo
24 III. Menuet 00:08:06 Boerema, Hayo
25 IV. Romance 00:09:25 Boerema, Hayo
26 V. Final 00:06:05 Boerema, Hayo
Organ Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 5900:28:00
27 I. Introduction and Allegro 00:09:14 Boerema, Hayo
28 II. Aria 00:07:01 Boerema, Hayo
29 III. Scherzo 00:04:33 Boerema, Hayo
30 IV. Adagio 00:09:10 Boerema, Hayo
31 V. Final 00:08:17 Boerema, Hayo
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