First CD recording of Pièce Symphonique for organ and orchestra!
First CD recording of recently transcribed Improvisation pour grand orgue!
Louis Vierne drew inspiration from three movements of in his early organ symphonies: Scherzo from the Second Symphony, Adagio from the Third Symphony and the Final from the First Symphony to orchestrate a new piece for organ and orchestra to perform on his 1927 North American tour. Pièce Symphonique was first performed in Boston at the New England Conservatory with Vierne playing and Wallace Goodrich conducting.
The piece is performed here by the Holland Symfonia Orchestra, Ermanno Florio Director in the Haarlem Philharmonie. The hall is home to an 1875 Cavaillé-Coll organ originally built for the Paleis voor Volksvlijt in the same city. That venue was closed, partly due to competition from the new Concertgebouw, and the organ was opened at its present location in 1924. After may travails the organ has been restored and now plays in essentially original condition. The other pieces are performed at St. Ouen in Rouen.
Improvisation pour grand orgue was found on a recording among the effects of Madeleine Mallet-Richepin, Vierne’s amanuensis, and transcribed by Jean-Michel Louchart. The score for this piece is available in the sheet music section of this catalog.
In addition to other organ pieces on this CD, including the 24 Pièces en style libre, two works for organ and soprano are heard. Ave Verum is Vierne’s only sacred organ and vocal solo composition. Les Angélus is a setting of three poems related to the morning, noon, and night ringing of the Angelus bell. 2-CD Set
Pièce Symphonique pour orgue et orchestre
24 Pièces en style libre, Op. 31
Prélude funèbre, Op. 4
Ave Verum, Op. 15
Les Angélus, Op. 57
Christine Camp plays the recently restored 1888 Cavaillé-Coll 3-71 at St. Sernin, Toulouse.
Symphony No. 4 in g minor, op. 32
Symphony No. 5 in f minor, op. 47
Messe basse pour les défunts, Op. 62
Triptyque, Op. 58
Christine Kamp plays the famed Cavaillé-Coll organ at St. Ouen, Rouen
Symphony No. 3, op. 28
Symphony No. 6, op. 59
Marche Triomphale pour le Centenaire de Napoleon 1er, op. 46
Prelude en F-sharp mineur
Verset Fugue sur In Exitu Israel
Communion, op. 8
Trois Improvisations (rec. Duruflé): Marche épiscopale; Méditation; Cortège
This third volume of Vierne works includes the first recording made in St. Ouen, Rouen, of the Messe solennelle for two organs and two choirs. Christine Kamp plays what may be the most beautiful Cavaillé-Coll (1890, 4m) in the West gallery (Tribune) and, for the Messe solennelle, Wim Dijkstra plays the almost never-heard Orgue de choeur built in 1856 by Ducroquet which was electrified in 1935. René Nieuwint directs the critically acclaimed Koor Nieuwe Muziek of Amsterdam, which travelled to Rouen for the recording.
Works of Louis Vierne:
Organ Symphony No. 1 in d, op. 14
Organ Symphony No. 2 in e, op. 20
Transcriptions by Vierne of Cinq Pièces by Franck
Prelude in C sharp minor of Rachmaninov, op. 3/2, transcribed by Vierne
Sicilienne of J. S. Bach, transcribed by Vierne
Toccata & Fugue in d minor, BWV 565, from Vierne edition
Tantum ergo for choir & organ, op. 2
Ave Maria for choir & organ, op. 3
Cantique à St. Louis de Gonzague for choir, tenor, and organ
Messe solennelle, op. 16, for choirs and two organs