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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[Charles-Marie Widor]
Charles-Marie Widor

Widor Two, Too

…a dramatic, romantic French organ symphony with some of its composer’s other thoughts regarding it included.

Audio 1 hr 58 min

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Music played in the program

Hour 1

CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR: movement 1, Praeludium circulare, from Organ Symphony Number 2 in D, Opus 13 –Charles Krigbaum (1929 Skinner/Woolsey Hall, Yale University, New Haven, CT) AFKA SK-521

CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR: movement 2, Pastorale, from Symphony Number 2 –Hans Fagius (1995 Åkerman & Lund/Kallio Church, Helsinki, Finland) BIS-CD-1007

CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR: Pastorale, from Bach’s Memento (arrangement of BWV 590ii) –Herman van Vliet (1880 Cavaillé-Coll/Église Saint-François-de-Sales, Lyon, France) Festivo FECD-145/146

CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR: movement 3, Andante, from Symphony Number 2 –Patrice Caire (1886 Merklin; 1960 Kuhn; Nicolle, Valentin, Meslé/Sanctuaire Saint-Bonaventure, Lyon, France) REM CD-311168

CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR: movement 4, Scherzo, from Symphony Number 2 –Ulrich Meldau (1988 Kleuker-Steinmeyer/Tonhalle, Zürich, Switzerland) Motette CD MOT 40241

CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR: movement 4, [bis] Salve Regina, from Symphony Number 2 –Robert Delcamp (2003 Pasi/Cathedral of St. Cecilia, Omaha, NE) Naxos 8.570310

CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR: Motet, Tantum ergo, Opus 18, number 1 –Westminster Cathedral Choir, London, James O’Donnell, conductor; Andrew Reid (1932 Henry Willis & Sons/Westminster Cathedral, London, England, UK) Hyperion CDA66898

CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR: movement 5, Adagio, from Symphony Number 2 –Ben van Oosten (1898 Cavaillé-Coll/Church of Santa Maria la Real, Azkoitia, Spain) Dabringhaus und Grimm MDG 316 0401

CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR: movement 6, Final, from Symphony Number 2, Opus 13 –Pierre Pincemaille (1894 Cavaillé-Coll/Église Saint-Antoine des Quinze-Vingts, Paris, France) Solstice CD-182

Filler –CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR movement 3, Andante (see above)

Hour 2

CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR: Motet, Tu es Petrus, Opus 23, number 2 –National Lutheran Choir, David Cherwien, conductor and organist (1965 Schlicker/Mount Olive Lutheran, Minneapolis, MN) Gothic G49257

CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR: 2 Songs, Opus 22: Number 2, L’Aurore; Number 5, Dans la plaine –Anne-Marie Rodde, soprano; Noël Lee, piano. Etcetera 1094

CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR: Introduction & Rondo, Opus 72 –Sylvie Hue, clarinet; Roger Boutry, piano. REM CD-311209

CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR: Symphony in g for Organ and Orchestra, Opus 42bis [1882] –Ingolstadt Philharmonic, Alfredo Ibarra, conductor; Franz Hauk (1977 Klais/Ingolstadt Münster, Germany) Guild GMCD 7182

CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR: Motet, Quam delicta, Opus 23, number 1 –Ensemble Dodecamen, Christopher Hyde, conductor; Choeur Darius Milhaud, Camille Haedt-Goussu, conductor; Stephen Tharp (1844 Daublaine et Callinet choir organ); Daniel Roth (1862 Cavaillé-Coll/Église Saint-Sulpice, Paris, France) JAV CD-158

Filler –CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR Symphony in g, Opus 42 (see above)


The 155 th birthday anniversary of Charles-Marie Widor is February 21st [1844-1937]. Professor John Near, of Principia College in Elsah, IL, is author of an important Widor biography and also editor of the complete Widor organ works.



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