About the album
Symphony No.3, Op.13, Symphony No.4, Op.13 The third volume in our series of Charles-Marie Widor’s Organ Symphonies, performed by Joseph Nolan on the magnificent Cavaillé-Coll organ of L’église de la Madeleine, Paris. Bridging the generations from Mendelssohn to Messiaen, Empire to Republic, Widor was born to the organ. His Lyonnaise kinsfolk were organ-builders, he showed early talent for the instrument, and for decades was the embodiment of its might and splendour across the Gallic domain - his ‘Organ Symphonies’ were genre-defining in their influence.
Joseph Nolan is an internationally renowned organist, acclaimed as ‘brilliant and such an astute musician’ (Gramophone UK). He was appointed to Her Majesty’s Chapels Royal, St James’s Palace in 2004, and has since been invited to perform and record in some of the world’s premiere venues – including the refurbished Organ of Buckingham Palace Ballroom and the Organ of Saint- Sulpice in Paris.
"Gothic music meets Gothic organ here in performances that encompass a broad expressive spectrum from quiet meditation to dramatic thunder and lightning.” The Times
11Organ Symphony No.3 in E minor: ignumrecords.com/catalogue/organ/widor:-the-organ-symphonies,-vol.3/sigcd334.html#sthash.CBTJdpGc.dpuf I. Prélude: moderato
12Organ Symphony No.3 in E minor: II. Minuetto
13Organ Symphony No.3 in E minor: III. Marcia
14Organ Symphony No.3 in E minor: IV. Adagio
15Organ Symphony No.3 in E minor: V. Finale: Allegro molto
16Organ Symphony No.4 in F minor: I. Toccata
17Organ Symphony No.4 in F minor: II. Fugue: Moderato assai
18Organ Symphony No.4 in F minor: III. Andante cantabile
19Organ Symphony No.4 in F minor: IV. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
110Organ Symphony No.4 in F minor: V. Adagio
111Organ Symphony No.4 in F minor: VI. Finale: Moderato