Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments
1984 Ruffatti organ at Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, California
1988 Kleuker-Steinmeyer organ at Tonhalle, Zürich, Switzerland
1976 Akerman & Lund organ at Katarina Kyrka, Stockholm, Sweden
1890 Cavaillé-Coll organ at the Church of Saint Ouen, Rouen, France
1885 Cavaillé-Coll organ at Saint Etienne, Caen, France
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.
•September 6, 1999 as Show #9936
•August 8, 2005 as Show #0532
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 (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: 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