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Deuxième Symphonie, Op 26

'Dupré: Organ Music' (CDD22059)
Dupré: Organ Music
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Movement 1: Preludio
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Movement 2: Intermezzo
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Movement 3: Toccata
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Deuxième Symphonie, Op 26
The composer himself gave the first English performance of the Deuxième Symphonie, Op 26, at the Alexandra Palace on 16 March 1930. Composed in 1929, five years after his first organ symphony, it develops the chromaticism and staccato, already evident in the Symphonie-Passion, which became characteristics of Dupré’s style.

Four elements go to the making of the ‘Preludio’: the harsh and brilliant theme heard at the outset; the following patter of semiquavers which is spun out in the manner of a toccata during the course of the movement; a restless theme scored for the Voix Célestes; and finally a short, fanfare-like phrase which later supplies the final page. The chromaticism of the ‘Intermezzo’, which is in B minor, is anything but lush in effect; rather does it give a pungent tang to its already perky theme. When semiquaver movement is introduced, the theme is repeated in G with the pedals doubling the melody. On its return to B minor the theme is accompanied by an anapaestic rhythm. The ‘Toccata’ is one of Dupré’s most fiery and telling movements. Its principal theme is hammered out at the start under bare fifths. A feature of the movement, and indeed of the entire work, is the chromatic alteration of various degrees of the scale. The resultant augmented intervals give an almost oriental twist to some of the melodic shapes.

from notes by Felix Aprahamian © 1998

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Details for CDD22059 disc 2 track 6
Movement 1: Preludio
Recording date
6 January 1998
Recording venue
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Julian Millard
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  1. Dupré: Organ Music, Vol. 2 (CDA67047)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: August 1998
    Deletion date: August 2005
    Superseded by CDD22059
  2. Dupré: Organ Music (CDD22059)
    Disc 2 Track 6
    Release date: September 2006
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