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Romantic Organ Works [CD]

Peter Hurford , Peter Hurford Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Performer: Peter Hurford
  • Audio CD (24 July 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B00004TTIJ
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,449 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Tocata. Allegro (Symphony No. 6) - Widor
2. Chorals 1-3. Piece heroique - Franck
3. Prelude and Fugue in C minor - Mendelssohn
4. Sonata in A major. Prelude and Fugue in D minor
5. Three Chorale Preludes - Brahms
6. Finale (Symphony No. 1). Berceuse - Vierne
7. Prelude and Fugue on B.A.C.H - Liszt
8. Suite gothique - Boellmann
9. Marche triomphale - Karg-Elert
10. Allegretto (Four Sketches) - Schumann
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. 1. Allegro - Peter Hurford
2. Chorale No.2 in B minor - Peter Hurford
3. Prelude and Fugue in D minor, Op.37, No.3 - Peter Hurford
4. Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele - Peter Hurford
5. 4. Allegretto - Peter Hurford
6. Introduction and passacaglia in d minor (1899) - Peter Hurford
7. 19. Berceuse in A (Sur les paroles classiques) - Peter Hurford
8. Chorale No.3 in A minor - Peter Hurford
9. Herzlich tut mich verlangen - Peter Hurford
10. 1. Introduction-Choral - Peter Hurford
See all 13 tracks on this disc

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BBC Review

This collection brings together recordings made during the Eighties, mostly on the Rieger organ of Ratzeburg Cathedral, but also Franck's Three Chorales on the Cavaille-Coll organ of St Sernin, Toulouse, and two short pieces on the Royal Festival Hall organ. I find I warm easily both to the honesty and integrity of Hurford's approach to this repertoire, and to his immaculate articulation and stylish delivery of the music. In extended items such as the Allegro from Widor's Sixth Symphony and Franck's Second Chorale, Hurford's taut grasp of musical structure enables the music to unfold in long, sweeping paragraphs and in shorter pieces by Brahms and Vierne, sentimentality is avoided through judicious choice of tempi.

Performance *****
Sound *****

© BBC Music Magazine 2001


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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent performance and sound. 15 Jan 2013
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Peter Hurford gives an excellent rendering of the works listed, however the mix is somewhat haphazard, it would have been improved by concentrating either on a p;articular composer or even a school of composers, ie the French school under Saen Saens or the grman school under Mendelssohn, rather than mixing them together. However the playing and the sound are beautifully balanced. A very good recording.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good playing, good quality. 27 April 2014
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This is a very well recorded CD, with excellent sound quality and dynamic range. I was already familiar with Franck, but Peter Hurford's rendition is much better than others I own. The Vierne and Boellmann are particular highlights on an all-round superb CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just what we wanted 18 Sep 2013
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The DVD contained
Widors Toccata which was our wedding music and as it was our
anniversary it was lovely to play it and relive the day.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This 2 Disc Collection is a Must for exploringRomantic Organ 28 April 2004
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Peter Hurford is an outstanding virtuoso organist, and nowhere is it better demonstrated than in this CD. Gigout's Scherzo from Dix Pieces is presented in an especially delightful version, moving along rapidly and merrily. Franck's Chorales are gorgeous and registered wonderfully. The 2 Mendelssohn Prelude and Fugues (C Min and D Min) are amazingly played. Brahms' Chorale Preludes are given the appropriate solemnity. Reger's Introduction and Passacaglia in D Minor is given justification as a dramatic, sonorous masterpiece. Liszt's B.A.C.H and Vierne's Final from the 1st Symphony are stunning feats of virtousity. Suite Gothique is appropriately registered (Priere a Notre Dame is a bit too fast) and unfolds nicely in the exciting toccata. Berceuse (Vierne) is a beautiful, gentle piece presented in a lovely, calming fashion. The Allegro from Widor's 6th Symphony is well-done
The biggest weak point of this CD, ironically, is Widor's ever-popular Toccata. Hurford fails to bring the life to it that is needed and it tends to sound like a metronomical bore. HOWEVER, the rest is wonderful!!! Buy this CD - it's worth it!
COMPLETE TRACK LISTING: Franck: 3 Chorales, Piece Heroique Karg-Elert: Marche Triomphale Mendelssohn: Sonata in A Maj, Preludes and Fugues C Min and D Min Boellman: Suite Gothique Liszt: Prelude and Fugue on B.A.C.H. Reger: Introduction and Passacaglia in D Min Widor: Allegro from Symphony 6 and Toccata from Symphony 5 Vierne: Final from Symphony No. 1 and Berceuse (from 24 Pieces in Free Style) Gigout: Scherzo from Dix Pieces
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