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By: enchamade on Sep, 08 2012

What a valuable resource to have...to hear the composers play their own works on a original C-C instrument even if the sound is not state-of-the-art is wonderful!

By: DutchPublisher on Sep, 13 2012

But composers are not always the best performers?

By: nigh on Nov, 17 2012

. . . and this appears to be a good example/

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Charles-Marie Widor Charles-Marie Widor Symphonie V, op. 42 no. 1 - V. Toccata View sheetmusic
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Church of St. Sulpice
Paris, France - map
Cavaillé-Coll 1862 V/128
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By: stlorganist on Sep, 13 2012

In this particular instance the composer is NOT the best performer of this work. Even at this speed and considering the quality of the recording, this performance is muddled, counter melodies are undefined and extremely strained...seems he does not have the dexterity to clearly and precisely recreate the music he wrote. Age?

By: churchmouse on Mar, 04 2014

Possibly somewhat true, but I don't think we are really in tune with the real spirit of what the composer intended.

By: salicional.harmonique on Jul, 25 2015

Just remember he recorded his Toccata at the age of 88 in 1932.

By: dysprosium on Dec, 19 2015

An amazing recording of Widor doing Toc 5.. I agree about composers and their performance skills - this is a good example. BUT, he wrote the piece and the take-away maybe the registration he used. on the St. Suplice organ. And, yes he was 88. Let's hear Richard Conte when he's 88!

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Symphonie gothique, op. 70 - I. Moderato View sheetmusic
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By: Subharmonic on Apr, 29 2017

An albun of the year 1932, if this is true, it's really and more than historic!

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Symphonie gothique, op. 70 - II. Andante sostenuto View sheetmusic
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Symphonie gothique, op. 70 - IV. Moderato-Variations View sheetmusic
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Louis Vierne Louis Vierne Trois Improvisations - I. Marche épiscopale 3:17

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Cavaille-Coll 1864 V/153
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Pièces de Fantaisie, Suite no. 1, op. 51 - II. Andantino View sheetmusic
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Trois Improvisations - III. Cortége 2:17
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By: Filea on Jun, 19 2014

One very rare occasion to hear the artist in person, and on the cathedral organ as it souded before being rebuilt ! Excellent !

Marcel Dupré Marcel Dupré Suite Bretonne, op. 21 - I. Berceuse Purchase sheetmusic 4:04

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Trois Préludes et Fugues, op. 7 no. 3 View sheetmusic
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Olivier Messiaen Olivier Messiaen Le Banquet céleste Purchase sheetmusic 7:21

Ste. Trinite
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L'Ascension - I. Majesté du Christ demandant sa gloire à son Père Purchase sheetmusic 6:41
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L'Ascension - II. Alleluias sereins d'une âme qui désire le ciel Purchase sheetmusic 7:51
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L'Ascension - III. Transports de joie d'une âme devant la gloire du Christ qui est la sienne Purchase sheetmusic 4:15
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