Vierne: Organ Symphony No. 4 in G minor, Op. 32; Organ Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 59

COMPOSERS: Vierne
LABELS: Priory
WORKS: Organ Symphony No. 4 in G minor, Op. 32; Organ Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 59
PERFORMER: Iain Simcock (organ)
CATALOGUE NO: PRCD 425 DDD
One can only speculate as to whether Vierne had the instrument at Westminster Cathedral in mind when he wrote his Sixth Symphony in 1930 – he was one of the first continental organists to put the new Willis organ through its paces. Certainly, the tonal resources of the Westminster organ help to infuse these two symphonies with a wonderful variety of colours, and the sound of full organ is one of which most people dream. These are gripping performances by Iain Simcock and Priory’s fine recording makes listening a joy. Stephen Haylett

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