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Organ Recital: Conte, Peter Richard - VIERNE, L. / GUILMANT, A. / BACH, J.S. / DUPRE, M. (The Wanamaker Grand Court Organ)

Organ Recital: Conte, Peter Richard - VIERNE, L. / GUILMANT, A. / BACH, J.S. / DUPRE, M. (The Wanamaker Grand Court Organ)

The Classical Shop
release date: May 2011


Artists:

Peter Richard Conte

Soloist

Record Label
Gothic

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Total Time - 64:04
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Organ Recital: Conte, Peter Richard - VIERNE, L. / GUILMANT, A. / BACH, J.S. / DUPRE, M. (The Wanamaker Grand Court Organ)

     
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LOUIS VIERNE

1 

Pieces de fantaisie, Suite No. 2, Op. 53

3:43
     
2 

Pieces de fantaisie, Suite No. 3, Op. 54

8:01
     
 

ALEXANDRE GUILMANT

3 

L'organiste liturgiste, Book 6, Op. 65

5:33
     
 

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH

4 

Komm, susser Tod, BWV 478 (arr. V. Fox)

9:36
     
 

MARCEL DUPRE

5 

4 Pieces, Op. 19: No. 4. Cortege et litanie (arr. P.R. Conte)

6:29
     
 

Symphonie-Passion, Op. 23

 
6 I. Le monde dans l'attente du Sauveur 7:26
     
7 II. Nativite 8:21
     
8 III. Crucifixion 7:20
     
9 IV. Resurrection 7:35
     
 Peter Richard Conte Soloist


The music on this album is all closely associated with The Wanamaker Organ, arguably the greatest symphonic organ ever built. John and Rodman Wanamaker left us, as their legacy, the very pinnacle of symphonic organ design; over the past century, many of the world’s leading organists have made pilgrimages to perform on this great instrument. Several have composed works especially for the Wanamaker organ, inspired by its truly unique and wonderfully rich, warm character, and by the splendor of its unparalleled palette of orchestral color. Features only the second recording on this instrument by current Grand Court organist Peter Richard Conte.

"Pure academic restraint is all that keeps one from overworking superlatives in describing everything about this issue from Gothic. There is nothing here that is short of "fabulous" in its original sense of "coming from a fable."
 
The instrument is unbelievable, either in concept or in execution; there is, for example, no such thing as a six manual console. Yet there it sits, the stuff of fable. There is no organ of 461 ranks, yet "hear" it is, and you feel the power. There is no technique well developed enough to play it, yet there is Peter Richard Conte. Dupré, Bach, Guilmant and Vierne cannot be played accurately on such a beast, yet it is here. And all of this must happen in a divine spot, not a temple of commerce. Oh, yes! and it could not possibly be accurately recorded if all of the above happened. But it is!

Conte’s brilliance in registration is incredible, his playing credibly, refreshingly excellent. Buyer’s note: this is not a "shatter the chandeliers" production. Conte shows as much restraint as he does integrity. Even Virgil Fox’s arrangement of "Come, sweet death" cannot persuade him to unleash every celeste and vox humana....But wait until you hear the live recording of the Dupré "Crucifixion" fade away to Level 6. No, don’t wait. Get it now. Fabulous."

The American Organist - June 2006




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