Poulenc - Concerto for Organ
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Cat No: BKD178
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 17th November 2014
WorksToccata Festiva, op.36
Concertino for organ, strings and percussion
Organ Concerto in G minor
ArtistsGillian Weir (organ)
English Chamber Orchestra
Gillian Weir and the English Chamber Orchestra deliver a dazzling collection of works for organ and orchestra, performed on the 1995 Marcussen & Son at St Augustine's Chapel, Tonbridge School.
Along with a superb performance of Poulenc’s Organ Concerto and Barber’s Toccata Festiva, this disc also features the premiere recording of Pierre Petit's Concertino for organ, strings and percussion.
Originally released in 2001, ‘Poulenc: Organ Concerto’ has been re-issued as part of Linn’s Echo series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the label’s award-winning catalogue.
Gillian Weir has performed the ever-popular Poulenc Organ Concerto 65 times. With its imaginative scoring and lyrical impulse always to the fore, it draws the listener in and compels the attention.
“Dame Gillian has recorded the Poulenc before... that performance was very fine, but this one's better. There is an utterly natural intelligibility to this recording that is profoundly absorbing.” - AVGuide.com
“This gets my vote as the best classical disc of the month, and one of the three or four very best SACD discs yet. Weir is a fabulous soloist... I give this five stars.” - John Sunier, Audiophile Audition, September 2002
“Gillian Weir, conductor David Hill, and the English Chamber Orchestra offer the most blisteringly exciting Poulenc Organ Concerto on disc, possibly of all time... those tricky whiplash exchanges between strings and organ occur effortlessly thanks to Weir's hair-trigger rhythmic precision.” - David Hurwitz
“...it is a wonderful sense of true ensemble playing. Never the it-and-us effect which organ concerti so often radiate, but a real feeling of chamber-music-like ensemble, blend, balance and answering nuance. Toccata Festiva... there is no lack of fizz, particularly during the fiendish pedal solo cadenza. It is performed here by Dame Gillian and the ECO with the greatest of energy allied to wonderful control and an appreciation of its lyrical moment. A performance to savour.” - Paul Hale
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