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CHAN 5056
Grandes Pièces Symphoniques

French Organ Works

The Classical Shop
release date: October 2007

Originally recorded in 2007

Artists:

Ian Tracey

organ

Venue:

Liverpool Cathedral



Producer:

Brian Pidgeon



Engineer:

Ralph Couzens


Jonathan Cooper

(Assistant)

Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

Organ




Total Time - 72:32
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Grandes Pièces Symphoniques

   
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CHARLES TOURNEMIRE

(1870-1939)
  from L'Orgue mystique, Opp. 55-57  
1 

Improvisation sur le 'Te Deum'

6:50
  Edited by Maurice Duruflé  
 

JOSEPH BONNET

(1884-1944)
  from Douze Pièces  
2 

Elves, Op. 7 (No. 11)

3:53
3 

Lamento, Op. 5 (No. 2)

4:08
   
 

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS

(1835-1921)
  from Sept Improvisations, Op. 150  
4 

Allegro giocoso (No. 7)

3:39
   
 

CESAR FRANCK

(1822-1890)
 

Grande pièce symphonique, Op. 17

23:44  
5 Andante serioso - Allegro non troppo e maestoso - 10:29
6 Andante - Allegro - 5:04
7 Andante - Andante serioso - Allegro 8:11
   
 

EUGENE GIGOUT

(1844-1925)
  from Dix Pièces  
8 

Scherzo (No. 8)

4:17
   
 

CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR

(1844-1937)
 

Symphonie, Op. 13 No. 4

26:22  
9 I Toccata 3:21
10 II Fugue. Moderato assai 3:24
11 III Andante cantabile. Dolce 4:30
12 IV Scherzo. Allegro vivace 5:31
13 V Adagio 5:05
14 VI Finale. Moderato 4:10
  Also available as SACD CHSA 5056
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Steeped in the French tradition which helped train him, Tracey finds no shortage of idiomatic tone colours for a recital of Tournemire, Bonnet, Gigout, Saint-Saëns, Franck’s Grande Pièce symphonique and Widor’s early Op; 13 Symphonie. In the face of overwhelming odds, the recording can’t but make the instrument sound like a caged lion – and how it can roar!
Choir and Organ

This is a wonderfully wholesome meal of somewhat neglected organ music composed by five of the most important French mâitres. Ian Tracey – organist of Liverpool’s Anglican cathedral since 1980 – knows this instrument better than anyone else and manages to conjure up the most vivid and eclectic range of sounds from its 9765 pipes… The playing is absolutely first-rate and the playing magisterial and highly persuasive. Strongly recommended.
Gramophone

This programme hinges around two massive works, the Franck Grande pièce symphonique of the title and Widor’s Symphonie No. 4, and both organ and player are obviously well able to master the sheer weight of these pieces.
Choir & Organ

Ian Tracey has been extremely fortunate to have Chandos engineers secure his performances, for they have done so here in quite exemplary fashion. Indeed, this is one of the best recordings of a cathedral organ I have heard, capturing the fabulous sound of Tracey’s playing, whish is equally outstanding in itself…. More, please.
International Record Review

This programme hinges around two massive works, the Franck Grande pièce symphonique of the title and Widor’s Symphonie No. 4, and both organ and player are obviously well able to master the sheer weight of these pieces.
Choir & Organ




*****
M Elliot