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listen  1. Allegro Pour Orgue Et Orchestre Op. 81Tomas Bächli, Petra Ronner 4:01$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Marche Fantaisie Sur Deux Chantes D¹Église (Pour Orgue, Harpes Et Orchestre)Tomas Bächli, Petra Ronner 9:05Album Only
listen  3. Fantaisie Dialoguée Pour Orgue Et Orchestre Op. 35Tomas Bächli, Petra Ronner 8:42$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Méditation Sur Le Stabat Mater Pour Orgue Et Orchestre Op. 63Tomas Bächli, Petra Ronner 7:43$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Fantaisie Symphonique Pour Orgue Et Orchestre (1866), - Allegro Non TroppoTomas Bächli, Petra Ronner 4:48$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Fantaisie Symphonique Pour Orgue Et Orchestre (1866), - Andante Con VariazioniTomas Bächli, Petra Ronner 7:22$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Fantaisie Symphonique Pour Orgue Et Orchestre (1866), - La Chasse - AllegroTomas Bächli, Petra Ronner 5:09$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Final Alla Schumann Sur Un Noël Languedocien Pour Orgue Et Orchestre Op. 83Tomas Bächli, Petra Ronner 3:37$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Symphony No. 1 Pour Orgue Et Orchestre Op. 42, Introduction Et AllegroTomas Bächli, Petra Ronner 9:14Album Only
listen10. Symphony No. 1 Pour Orgue Et Orchestre Op. 42, PastoraleTomas Bächli, Petra Ronner 6:56$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen11. Symphony No. 1 Pour Orgue Et Orchestre Op. 42, Allegro AssaiTomas Bächli, Petra Ronner 7:02$0.89  Buy MP3 


Product Details

  • Performer: Franz Hauk
  • Conductor: Olaf Koch
  • Composer: Alexandre Guilmant, Leon Boellmann, Francois-Joseph Fetis
  • Audio CD (January 17, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Guild
  • ASIN: B00005B661
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #570,799 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Stove on January 8, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Berlioz famously observed, "The orchestra is emperor, the organ is pope": his implication being that a true partnership between them would be doomed. Saint-Saëns' ORGAN SYMPHONY testifies to the undue pessimism of Berlioz's verdict, and so does the much less familiar - a euphemism, in this case, for "completely unknown save to a handful of specialists" - repertoire collected here. Flawed though the sound quality of this disc might be (detail is pretty vivid, but the orchestra's acoustic never sounds really convincing), the performers' choice of music remains a fascinating one. A high level of genuine, as opposed to pseudo-, nobility marks the output of Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911) and Leon Boëllmann (1862-1897). Best of the pieces here is the Guilmant FANTAISIE, which has an indelible main theme wedded to harmonies of beguiling Brucknerian stateliness; second-best is the Boellmann FANTAISIE DIALOGUEE, rather tougher, more tense and more robust than the SUITE GOTHIQUE, which is as near as this short-lived petit-maitre ever came to a popular hit. (Organists are almost all familiar with that suite, even if no-one else is.) A shame that more compositions by either Guilmant or Boëllmann could not have been found to complete the disc, since the contribution by Belgian lexicographer and part-time composer François-Joseph Fétis (1784-1871) makes by comparison for a rather feeble and protracted 17 minutes, with its idiom inclining all too frequently towards sub-Rossinian rhubarb-rhubarb.

Tonally the organ - in Ingolstadt, Bavaria - is not well suited to 19th-century Francophones' material; glassy and neoclassic in its sound, it lacks the warm voluptuousness of a Cavaillé-Coll instrument, though it would fit Hindemith's output to perfection.
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