Charles Marie-Widor The Organ Symphonies


The fifth volume in our series of Charles-Marie Widor’s Organ Symphonies, performed by Joseph Nolan on the magnificent Cavaille-Coll organs of La Madeleine, Paris and Saint-Sernin, Toulouse. Bridging the generations from Mendelssohn to Messiaen, Empire to Republic, Widor was born to the organ. His Lyonnaise kinsfolk were organ-builders, he showed early talent for the instrument, and for decades was the embodiment of its might and splendour across the Gallic domain – his ‘Organ Symphonies’ were genre-defining in their influence.

Praise for other releases from this series:

“This looks like shaping up to be the Widor Organ Symphonies cycle of the decade” – Musicweb International
“… those who have been following the series will know by now what to expect and need have no reservations about adding Volume 4 to their collection, and both Nolan and Signum can only be commended for their continued commitment.” – International Record Review 

What people are saying

5*"Nolan transcends Widor’s scores, truly revelling in the Gothic beauty of this music and the grandiose instruments of the belle epoque." – Choir & Organ, July 2016

"Nolan’s performance is appropriately ruminative though again without any over-indulgent lingering. His touch is poetic, and flows through Widor’s tensions and resolutions with a sense both of logical progression and of fresh discovery. This is a less familiar Widor symphony on recordings but deserves this kind of rewardingly satisfying performance to deliver its full effect." MusicWeb International, April 2016

"Joseph Nolan proves himself an excellent Widor interpreter. MusicWeb International, April 2016

Joseph Nolan Organ

Release date:26th Feb 2016
Order code:SIGCD347
Barcode: 635212034729