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Symphonie Romane: Organ music by Dupré, Widor and Tournemire

Peter Stevens plays works by three towering figures of the French organ world. Charles-Marie Widor’s Symphonie Romane is a radiant meditation on the Gregorian chants of Easter Sunday, and the Fantaisie-Choral from Tournemire’s L’Orgue Mystique is a deeply spiritual reflection on two of the best-known chants of Pentecost: Veni Sancte Spiritus and Veni Creator Spiritus. Two contrasting pieces by Marcel Dupré bookend the programme: his Cortège et Litanie is probably his best-loved work for the organ, while the uninhibited confidence of the Deuxième Symphonie shows a different side of the composer’s personality; its visceral and hard-hitting textures given electrifying voice by the Ruffatti organ of Buckfast Abbey.

Stevens’ sense of the symphony’s architecture is…supported by a fine technique, a sumptuous organ and a glorious acoustic. This is a very impressive recorded performance indeed… A certain impudence with a slightly sarcastic edge informs his superbly perky performance of the second movement, while the swashbuckling Toccata with which the Symphony concludes comes across full of swagger and self-confidence… A super performance to round off a really super disc.’ (MusicWeb International)

★★★★★  ‘I heartily recommend this recording to people who, like me are partial to French organ music from this era.’ (Organists’ Review)


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Track List

1

Marcel Dupré

Cortège et Litanie (Op. 19, No. 2)

6:19

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Charles-Marie Widor

Symphonie Romane (Op. 73)

33:12

2

Moderato

8:01

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3

Choral

9:25

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4

Cantilène

5:58

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5

Finale

9:48

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6

Charles Tournemire

Fantasie-Choral (L'Orgue Mystique, No. 25:
In Festo Pentecostes)

9:08

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Marcel Dupré

Deuxième Symphonie (Op. 26)

20:14

7

Preludio

9:05

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8

Intermezzo

4:50

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9

Toccata

6:19

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