Florence Mustric Plays Vol.4: Symphonies Spectacular & Sublime | MSR Classics MS1273

Florence Mustric Plays Vol.4: Symphonies Spectacular & Sublime


Label: MSR Classics

Cat No: MS1273

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 3rd January 2017



Nominally a set of three preludes and fugues, Marcel Dupré’s Opus 7 is a virtual symphony. Opus 7 is doubly spectacular: it stretched the boundaries of what was considered technically possible, and at the same time it is magnificent music. César Franck’s Three Chorales are also virtual symphonies. Built around a nucleus chorale-like theme, they are Franck’s final legacy: sublime masterpieces that reflect decades of composing and improvising at the organ Franck called his orchestra.

French organs built in the Romantic era have a distinctive sound, but it is possible to translate the music of Franck and Dupré to a wonderful organ built in the German Baroque tradition. Trinity’s Beckerath organ has the rare and winning combination of clarity, power, and warmth. Its versatility makes it superb not only for Baroque masterpieces but also for music of almost every other style and period. My goal in these recordings is to showcase the fabulous qualities of the instrument in some of the most beautiful and imaginative music composed over the past three centuries.

These recordings also document the sound of the Beckerath at its half-century mark, before restoration. After 50 years, the pipes, keyboards, and many other parts need attention. Leathers and other items need replacing. The Beckerath still sounds wonderful despite the need for restoration, a project being completed in early 2012 under the direction of Leonard Berghaus.

Rudolph Von Beckerath Pipe Organ, Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Cleveland, Ohio

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