℗ 2013 Hyperion Records Limited
Released September 29, 2013
Duration 1h 13m 55s
Record Label Hyperion
Genre Classical

Franck: Symphonic Organ Works (Organ of St Paul's Cathedral)

Simon Johnson

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Symphony in D Minor, CFF 130 (Arr. Johnson for Organ)  
I. Lento – Allegro non troppo
César Franck; Simon Johnson; Simon Johnson
II. Allegretto
César Franck; Simon Johnson; Simon Johnson
III. Allegro non troppo
César Franck; Simon Johnson; Simon Johnson
Cantabile in B Major, CFF 103
César Franck; Simon Johnson
Pièce héroïque, CFF 104
César Franck; Simon Johnson
Rédemption, CFF 184  
Morceau symphonique "Symphonic Interlude" (Arr. Roth)
César Franck; Daniel Roth; Simon Johnson
Digital Booklet
"Transcribing Franck's D minor Symphony for organ works extremely well. Simon Johnson's performance on the instrument at St Paul's Cathedral is deftly paced, and the shorter pieces are also enjoyable." - BBC Music Magazine The Grand Organ (and massive acoustic) of St Paul’s Cathedral brings the symphonic organ works of César Franck to life, played by Simon Johnson, the current Organist of St Paul’s Cathedral. He plays his own transcription of Franck’s Symphony in D minor, a troublesome work which was despised by critics at its premiere. The paradox of the Symphony was memorably defined by Norman Demuth: ‘Never was there such magnificent music so badly written.’ The present transcription may be seen as an authentic response to that paradox, particularly since modern advances in console control enable Franck’s orchestration to be used as the outline for a detailed registration plan. The ‘Symphonic Interlude’ that separates the two parts of the oratorio Rédemption has not acquired the popularity that it deserves. Franck described the subtext of the work as ‘the joy of the world, transformed and gladdened by the word of Christ’. It is built on two main thematic ideas, the first a gloriously noble tune that Emmanuel Chabrier described as ‘the very soul of music’, and the second an energetic peal from the trombones, with responses and modulations from the brass and woodwind. The two are developed and combined ingeniously.
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I. Lento – Allegro non troppo
II. Allegretto
III. Allegro non troppo
Cantabile in B Major, CFF 103
Pièce héroïque, CFF 104
Morceau symphonique "Symphonic Interlude" (Arr. Roth)

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