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