Vierne - Complete Organ Symphonies
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Label: Brilliant Classics
Cat No: 8645
Number of Discs: 3
Release Date: 25th June 2007
The blend of styles in Vierne’s music for organ is unique. It contains aspects of Romanticism combined with an impressionistic ‘pastel-like’ quality. Like many of his contemporary colleagues Vierne had a strong fascination with Wagnerian chromaticism. Yet Vierne composed much of his output in early 20th-century Paris and thus, his writing often contains traces of jazz.
The name Louis Vierne is immediately associated with organ music and as with many other 19th-century organists/composers, he used the instrument as a means to perform ‘symphonic’ music. The scope in this respect was greatly enhanced by the organs built by Aristide Cavaillé-Col.
An admirer and pupil of César Franck, the virtually blind 30 year old Vierne was appointed organist at Notre Dame, Paris. Among many other pieces for organ he wrote six (five movement) symphonies. In this genre he clearly demonstrated his attraction to musical thematicism rather than tone colour.
The multi-talented Jeremy Filsell gives stunning performances of this colourful music.
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