The organ symphonies vol. 59:07, 8th August 2016
CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR: THE ORGAN SYMPHONIES VOL. 5
Joseph Nolan, La Madeleine, Paris, and Saint-Sernin, Toulouse
Signum SIGCD 347 [62:12]
Joseph Nolan’s acclaimed series of Widor Symphony recordings concludes with the final two Symphonie gothique and Symphonie romane, composed at the close of the 19th century. Despite being Widor’s final word on this symphonic form, he is not short of invention – plainchant is woven tightly into a number of movements with the opening of the 10th symphony, seemingly anticipating Tournemire’s L’Orgue mystique by 30 years. For the final Symphony Nolan moves to one of Cavaillé-Coll’s finest instruments, at Saint-Sernin in Toulouse. This concludes a remarkable series in which Nolan transcends Widor’s scores, truly revelling in the Gothic beauty of this music and the grandiose instruments of the belle époque.