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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[Charles-Marie Widor][decorative stamp]
Charles-Marie Widor

[1984 Ruffatti organ at Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, California][decorative stamp]
1984 Ruffatti organ at Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, California

[1988 Kleuker-Steinmeyer organ at Tonhalle, Zurich, Switzerland][decorative stamp]
1988 Kleuker-Steinmeyer organ at Tonhalle, Zürich, Switzerland

[1976 Akerman & Lund organ at Katarina Kyrka, Stockholm, Sweden][decorative stamp]
1976 Akerman & Lund organ at Katarina Kyrka, Stockholm, Sweden

[1890 Cavaille-Coll organ at the Church of Saint Ouen, Rouen, France][decorative stamp]
1890 Cavaillé-Coll organ at the Church of Saint Ouen, Rouen, France

[1885 Cavaille-Coll organ at Saint Etienne, Caen, France][decorative stamp]
1885 Cavaillé-Coll organ at Saint Etienne, Caen, France

Deep Six

The passionate and powerful Sixth Organ Symphony by Charles-Marie Widor in two versions, for organ solo and with orchestra.

Widor’s arrangement of the outer movements of his popular Sixth Organ Symphony [solo] was his first major essay for organ and orchestra. He went on to create two additional, totally original organ and orchestra compositions later in life. It was prepared for a London concert in 1882, later played by Charles Courboin in Antwerp in 1900, and presented again by Courboin, with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Stokowski, at the Wanamaker Store in 1919. The Bowden/McKinley performance in Indiana was only the second American outing for this score since that Philadelphia premiere.

Audio Complete Show

Program Broadcast dates:

•September 6, 1999 as Show #9936

•August 8, 2005 as Show #0532

Links and Resources:

Music played in the program

CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR: Allegro, 1st movement, from Organ Symphony Number 6 in g, Opus 42, number 2 –Ben van Oosten (1890 Cavaillé-Coll/Église Saint-Ouen, Rouen, France) Dabringhaus und Grimm MDG 316 0403

CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR: Allegro, from Symphony in g for Organ and Orchestra, Opus 42 –Zurich Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Schweizer, conductor; Ulrich Meldau (1988 Kleuker-Steinmeyer/Tonhalle, Zürich, Switzerland) Motette CD MOT 40241

CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR/JEAN GUILLOU: Cadenza to, 1st movement Allegro, from Symphony Number 6 –Jean Guillou (1984 Ruffatti/Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, CA) Philips 412 619

CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR: Adagio, 2nd movement, from Organ Symphony Number 6 –Herman van Vliet (1890 Cavaillé-Coll/Église Saint-Ouen, Rouen, France) Festivo FECD-145/146

CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR (arranged by Frank Stewart Adams): Allegro vivace, 1st movement, from Organ Symphony Number 5, Opus 42, number 1 –Zurich Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Schweizer, conductor; Ulrich Meldau (1988 Kleuker-Steinmeyer/Tonhalle, Zürich, Switzerland) Motette CD MOT 40241

CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR: Intermezzo, from Organ Symphony Number 6 –Hans Fagius (1976 Åkerman & Lund/Katarina Church, Stockholm, Sweden) BIS-CD-471

CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR: Cantabile, from Organ Symphony Number 6 –Kare Nordstoga (1885 Cavaillé-Coll/Abbaye aux Hommes [Saint-Etienne], Caen, France) Simax CD-1073

CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR: Andante, from Organ Symphony Number 2, Opus 13 and Finale, from Organ Symphony Number 6, from Symphony in g for Organ and Orchestra –Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, David Bowden, conductor; Daniel McKinley (1942 Aeolian-Skinner/First Christian Church, Columbus, IN) Pipedreams Archive recorded November 21, 1998. This is the first modern performance of a score only recently published