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Symphony No 5 in F minor, Op 42 No 1
first performed on 19 October 1879

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'Organ Fireworks, Vol. 9' (CDA67228)
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Movement 1: Allegro vivace
Track 1 on CDH55144 [10'01] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 2: Allegro cantabile
Track 2 on CDH55144 [6'08] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 3: Andantino quasi allegretto
Track 3 on CDH55144 [6'42] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 4: Adagio
Track 4 on CDH55144 [5'52] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 5: Toccata: Allegro
Track 22 on CDA67228 [6'07] Archive Service
Track 5 on CDH55144 [5'26] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Symphony No 5 in F minor, Op 42 No 1
In the game of ‘What If?’ it is interesting to speculate whether ‘The Widor’ would be so ubiquitous if Princess Alexandra had not chosen it as the recessional at her wedding in Westminster Abbey. Clearly the composer had a soft spot for it as he recorded it in 1932 (sadly rather late in his career when his technique was no longer really up to its demands). He had given the premiere of the complete Fifth Symphony some fifty-three years earlier, on 19 October 1879, on the organ of the Trocadéro in Paris, one of Cavaillé-Coll’s most celebrated non-liturgical instruments. It is a considerable test of stamina for even the finest virtuosos, combining swirling manual figurations and stabbing chords, all underpinned by a broad rolling theme in the pedals.

from notes by Stephen Westrop © 2001

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Details for CDA67228 track 22
Toccata: Allegro
Recording date
4 November 2000
Recording venue
Berner Münster, Switzerland
Recording producer
Paul Spicer
Recording engineer
Paul Niederberger
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  1. Organ Fireworks, Vol. 9 (CDA67228)
    Disc 1 Track 22
    Release date: August 2001
    Deletion date: December 2013
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