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Suite gothique, Op 25

composer
1985

 
The Suite Gothique is the most well-known of Boëllmann’s works. It is made up four movements: ‘Introduction—Chorale’, ‘Menuet Gothique’, ‘Prière à Notre-Dame’ and ‘Toccata’, the latter two of which are often performed as pieces in their own right. The short but imposing ‘Introduction’ states an original chorale theme, with each bold phrase being subject to an echo, a trait that is reversed in the sprightly and more extensive ‘Menuet Gothique’. The mood changes completely for the pious and lyrical ‘Prière à Notre-Dame’, which introduces an assuring sense of calm. The calm is irreparably interrupted by the moto perpetuo of the closing ‘Toccata’, which grows organically yet unremittingly towards a monumental climax and resolution.

from notes by Adam Binks © 2009

Recordings

The organ of Saint Suplice, Paris
SIGCD167Download only
Naji Hakim
SIGCD130Download only

Details

Movement 1: Introduction – Chorale
Track 1 on SIGCD167 [2'58] Download only
Movement 2: Menuet gothique
Track 2 on SIGCD167 [3'11] Download only
Movement 3: Prière à Notre-Dame
Track 16 on SIGCD130 [3'53] Download only
Track 3 on SIGCD167 [4'55] Download only
Movement 4: Toccata
Track 4 on SIGCD167 [4'51] Download only

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