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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67577
Recording details: January 2006
Eugene McDermott Concert Hall, Morton H Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, USA
Produced by Paul Spicer
Engineered by Andrés Villalta
Release date: August 2006
Total duration: 3 minutes 17 seconds

'As we have come to expect from Christopher Herrick and Hyperion everything is done to the highest standard. The varied and exciting programme is convincingly played, making full use of the extensive tonal spread of the organ, whilst the accompanying programme notes are both comprehensive and interesting … another fine organ firework display, which I'm certain readers will enjoy' (Cathedral Music)

'Christopher Herrick is his usual inimitable self, combing a sense of fun with a spontaneous grandeur which is at times, totally arresting. The listener is also regaled with the impressive sound of the Lay Family Organ in Dallas, Texas, a 4535-pipe monster. Volume XII please?' (Classical.net)

'Some wonderful pieces to hear … the rich sounding recording makes the most of the fireworks' (Essex Chronicle)

Marche américaine, Op 31
composer
arranger
circa 1939

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Charles-Marie Widor (1844–1937) was at St-Sulpice from 1869 until 1933 and succeeded Franck as professor of organ at the Paris Conservatoire. He wrote not only ten organ symphonies but also a number of orchestral works, including two symphonies and two piano concertos. Marche américaine, Op 31, one of Widor’s shorter works for orchestra, is heard here in the arrangement for organ made in about 1939 by his younger Parisian contemporary Marcel Dupré. It is not generally known that Widor wrote a number of stage works and that there existed a lighter side to this formidable Frenchman. In spite of the title, here, surely, in this marvellously rhythmical music, and especially in the perky second theme, is something of the gaiety and high spirits one associates with Parisian theatre.

from notes by Relf Clark © 2006

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