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Trois Nouvelles pièces, Op 87


New in composition, old in language, ancient in mood, the Trois nouvelles pièces Op 87 (1934) were the swansong testament of a ninety-year old. Varyingly diatonic, chromatic, modal … organistic, pianistic, vocal … lyric, muscular, ‘undaunted by modern trends’—Varèse, Messiaen (both his students), the Second Viennese School, Stravinsky, Bartók, America’s jazzmen—showing ‘a mind still fertile with ideas and artistic sensitivity’ (Near), they were dedicated to three of the composer’s American disciples—Riemenschneider, Charlotte Lockwood (Fontainebleau) and Frederick C Mayer (organist of the West Point Cadet Chapel, 1911-54). The movement titles veer away from the formalistic into a more diffuse associations: I Classique d’hier (Yesterday’s classical). E minor, Moderato. II Mystique (Mystical). D flat major, Andante. III Classique d’aujourd’hui (Today’s classical). D minor, Moderato-Andante. The closing ‘running’ toccata-style motion of the third is echt Widor, its lingering tierce de picardie ‘amen’ an incensed, candle-waxed farewell to sixty years of music-making.

from notes by Ateş Orga © 2016


Widor: Solo Organ Works
Studio Master: SIGCD438Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Widor: Symphony No 5
Hyperion monthly sampler - August 2017
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No 1: Classique d'hier
Track 7 on SIGCD438 CD1 [5'34] Download only
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No 2: Mystique
No 3: Classique d'aujourd'hui
Track 9 on SIGCD438 CD1 [3'52] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CDH55144 track 6

Recording date
26 July 1985
Recording venue
Westminster Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
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  1. Widor: Symphony No 5 (CDA66181)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: May 1987
    Deletion date: June 2004
    Superseded by CDH55144
  2. Widor: Symphony No 5 (CDH55144)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: June 2004
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