Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments
1950 Holtkamp organ at Crouse College, Syracuse, New York, New York
1887 Henry Willis organ at the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Truro, England, UK
1926 Henry Willis and Sons organ at the Anglican Cathedral, Liverpool, England, UK
1890 Cavaillé-Coll organ at the Church of Saint Ouen, Rouen, France
Before the age of intercontinental air travel, he travelled thousands of miles touring the world as a virtuoso recitalist. The friendly and fatherly Alexander Guilmant also taught at the Paris Conservatory and, along with his compatriots Franck and Widor, revolutionized the art of the organ in 19th century France. Guilmant’s repertoire covered four centuries, and his own compositions number in the hundreds, embracing equally sweet sentiment, intimate charm, and the glory and passion that only organ music can deliver.
We’ll offer you a taste of the best, from Pastorales to Caprices, Marches to Madrigals, Sonatas to Symphonies. With an international reputation and an exceptional repertoire, Alexander Guilmant ranks high on the list of famous French organists, and you’ll know why when you listen to his music. It’s Alexandre the Great, this week on Pipedreams.
ALEXANDRE GUILMANT: Morceau symphonique –Alain Trudel, tb; Patrick Wedd (1901 Casavant Frères; 1954 Casavant Frères; 1986 Guilbault-Therien/Église du Gesu, Montréal, Québec, Canada) Naxos 8.553716
ALEXANDRE GUILMANT: Symphony Number 2 in A for Organ and Orchestra, Opus 91, movements 3, 2 & 1 –BBC Philharmonic, Yan Pascal Tortelier, conductor; Ian Tracey (1926 Henry Willis & Sons/Anglican Cathedral, Liverpool, England, UK) Chandos CD-9785