One of the most grown-up review sites around

2020
54,928 reviews
and more.. and still writing ...

Search MusicWeb Here

     
  
 

 

International mailing


 
Founder: Len Mullenger                                    Editor in Chief:John Quinn             


CD REVIEW

Some items
to consider

 

paid for
advertisements



TROUBADISC

100th birthday of Mieczyslaw Weinberg on December 8, 2019.
Renate Eggbrecht has recorded all 3 violin Sonatas


FOGHORN Classics


Mozart Brahms
Clarinet Quintets


New Releases

Naxos Classical


Click to see New Releases
Get 10% off using code musicweb10

 


Obtain 10% discount

 


Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing
sample

Sample: See what you will get

Editorial Board
MusicWeb International
Founding Editor
   
Rob Barnett
Editor in Chief
John Quinn
Seen & Heard
Editor Emeritus
   Bill Kenny
MusicWeb Webmaster
   David Barker
Postmaster
Jonathan Woolf
MusicWeb Founder
   Len Mullenger

 

Discs for review may be sent to:
Jonathan Woolf
76 Lushes Road
Loughton
Essex IG10 3QB
United Kingdom
Ph. 020 8418 0616
jonathan_woolf@yahoo.co.uk


 


AVAILABILITY Organum Classics

César FRANCK (1822-1890)
Symphonie en Ré mineur [41:00]
Psyché – Poème Symphonique – extracts: Sommeil de Psyché. Lento [8:10]; Psyché et Eros. Allegretto modéré [8:13]
Heinrich Walther (organ)
rec. Wallfahrtsbasilika Vierzehnheiligen, Franken, Germany, December 2005. DDD
ORGANUM CLASSICS OGM 261098 [57:35]



Following on from his transcription of Mendelssohn’s Reformation Symphony, Heinrich Walther presents here two Franck works: the famous orchestral symphony of 1887-88, and two movements of the tone poem for orchestra and chorus entitled Psyché, and dating from the same time.
 
Once again, Walther, a former student of Xavier Darasse to whose memory the recording is dedicated, plays with a fabulous feeling for the music’s genre, and a telling stylistic awareness. Like his Mendelssohn recording Walther clearly sets out to create new organ literature here, rather than chasing the elusive goal of imitating every orchestral nuance. I deeply admire this approach, and the results speak for themselves. Perhaps, given Franck’s knowledge of the organ, this music transcribes to the medium without undue problem – Walther indeed highlights in his notes the compositional elements which the symphony has in common with the Trois Chorals - but the artist ensures through his playing that the point of the original composition is never blurred.
 
For the most part the registrations used recall the typical sound-world of the 19th century French literature, but listen to Walther’s clever solution for the Cor Anglais solo in the second movement, combining the Hautbois with the Gambe and Eolienne, Nazard and 4’ flûte – very clever indeed.
 
Given Walther’s marvellous employment of the historic Bucholz organ in Barth for his Mendelssohn recording, the choice here of a large modern Rieger instrument is, to say the least, deeply uninspired. As it is, I mind it less than I had expected; the plentiful acoustic, pair of swell boxes, and wealth of 8’ colour at least take the edge off the sterility. Walther’s use of the instrument is, perhaps most tellingly, brilliant. However, had the recording been made at St Ouen, Rouen - the organ is, after all contemporary with the works, as well as being the greatest of all symphonic organs -  this recording would have been even more special.
 
Chris Bragg 
 

 


 


Advertising on
Musicweb


Donate and keep us afloat

 

 

Recordings of the Month

March


piano music Vol 4


Charpentier


Songs of Love and Sorrow


Thomas Agerfeldt OLESEN
Cello Concerto


The female in Music

 

February

January


Linda BUCKLEY
From Ocean’s Floor

 

 

Return to Review Index

Untitled Document


Reviews from previous months
Join the mailing list and receive a hyperlinked weekly update on the discs reviewed. details
We welcome feedback on our reviews. Please use the Bulletin Board
Please paste in the first line of your comments the URL of the review to which you refer.