Widor: The Organ Symphonies, vol. 5

Symphonie gothique, op. 70; Symphonie romane, op. 73.

The fifth volume in our series of Charles-Marie Widor’s Organ Symphonies, performed by Joseph Nolan on the magnificent Cavaille-Coll organs of La Madeleine, Paris and Saint-Sernin, Toulouse.

Bridging the generations from Mendelssohn to Messiaen, Empire to Republic, Widor was born to the organ. His Lyonnaise kinsfolk were organ-builders, he showed early talent for the instrument, and for decades was the embodiment of its might and splendour across the Gallic domain — his Organ Symphonies were genre-defining in their influence. 

Joseph Nolan is an internationally renowned organist, acclaimed as ‘brilliant and such an astute musician’ (Gramophone UK). He was appointed to Her Majesty’s Chapels Royal, St James’s Palace, in 2004, and has since been invited to perform and record in some of the world’s premiere venues — including the refurbished Organ of Buckingham Palace Ballroom and the Organ of Saint-Sulpice in Paris. The Cavaillé-Coll Organ of La Madeleine, Paris, is a similarly renowned instrument, with former chief organists including Camille Saint-Säens and Gabriel Fauré.

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