Duruflé, Franck, Vierne, Dupré, Massenet, Godard & Boëllmann

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Album title:
Collection: Organ Music from France
Composer(s):
Dupre, Durufle, Franck, Godard & Boëllmann, Massenet, Vierne
Works:
Suite, Op. 5; Chorale No. 1 in E; Cantabile in B; Symphony No. 2 (excerpts)
Performer:
Virgil Fox (organ)
Label:
EMI Full Dimensional Sound
Catalogue Number:
CDM 5 66386 2 ADD 1958/61
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5
Reviewer:
BBC Music Magazine

Along with Biggs and the younger Zamkochian, Virgil Fox (1912-80) helped define the modern American concert organist. Taped in Riverside Church, New York (1955 Aeolian-Skinner), this collection features music by Dupré (his teacher in Paris), Vierne, Franck, Massenet, Godard, Boëllmann and Duruflé. Expressively, the Franck may be a shade sanctimonious, but Duruflé’s Op. 5 Suite is theatrically charged and features even more high-octane virtuosity than Boëllmann’s Gothique Toccata. The reading of Massenet’s Élégie, like the nostalgically indulged Berceuse arrangement from Godard’s opera Jocelyn, is a perfect lesson in the art of style and legato.

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