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CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR

Widor occupies an important position in the idiosyncratic tradition of French organ music, serving as organist at St Sulpice in Paris for 64 years. His organ pupils included Tournemire, Vierne, Albert Schweitzer and Marcel Dupré, and his composition pupils Honegger and Milhaud. As well as organ music, he wrote chamber, choral, vocal and orchestral works, including symphonies that also involve the organ.

Organ Music

Much of Widor’s organ music calls for the full resources of the great instruments made for major Paris churches by Cavaillé-Coll. Of particular interest are Widor’s ten organ symphonies, including the ninth, the Symphonie gothique. Some movements from the symphonies have won a special position in virtuoso repertoire, in particular the famous Toccata that ends Symphony No. 5 and the Marche pontificale of Symphony No. 1.

Orchestral Music

Three of Widor’s five symphonies include the organ in their instrumentation, the Third Symphony, Symphonie antique and Sinfonia sacra. His symphonic poem La Nuit de Walpurgis (‘Walpurgis Night’) is scored for chorus and orchestra, and the Ouverture espagnole suggests the interest in Spain that led Widor to establish a house in Madrid for French musicians. He left two piano concertos and a Fantaisie for piano and orchestra, with a Cello Concerto.

Chamber Music

Widor left a quantity of meticulously crafted chamber music, including piano quintets, trios and violin sonatas.

Piano Music

Widor’s piano music consists largely of shorter pieces, many with descriptive titles.

Operas

While the name of Widor is not immediately associated with opera, he nevertheless had some success with his Les Pêcheurs de Saint-Jean (‘The Fishermen of St John’) at the Opéra-Comique in 1905.

Vocal and Choral Music

Widor contributed to sacred choral and vocal repertoire and to the repertoire of French secular song.

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Autographes Vocaux (Les) - INDY, V. d' / WIDOR, C.-M. / ROPARTZ, J.-G. / BUSSER, H. / SCHMITT, F. / HUE, G. / ROUSSEL, A. (1930-1931) Timpani
1C1201
Ballet
BEZALY, Sharon: French Delights BIS
BIS-SACD-1639
Chamber Music
BRIDE'S GUIDE TO WEDDING MUSIC (A) Naxos
8.503134
Instrumental
BRIDE'S GUIDE TO WEDDING MUSIC (A) Naxos
8.557246-47
Instrumental
BRIDE'S GUIDE TO WEDDING MUSIC FOR CIVIL CEREMONIES (A) Naxos
8.570227-28
Instrumental
BRITANNIC ORGAN (THE), Vol. 6 Oehms Classics
OC845
Instrumental
BRUDENS GUIDE TIL BRYLLUPS MUSIK (A Bride's Guide to Wedding Music) Naxos
8.557562
Instrumental
DORIAN RECORDINGS, 1989-2000 (COMPLETE) (The Ames Piano Quartet) Dorian Sono Luminus
DSL-90908
Chamber Music
FRENCH FLUTE MUSIC BIS
BIS-CD-184
Chamber Music
French Organ Music Naxos
8.550581
Instrumental
HISTORY OF THE ORGAN - Vol. 4. The Modern Age (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
102153
Classical Documentary
HISTORY OF THE ORGAN (4 DVD set) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
107508
Classical Documentary
Music till brollop och andrea festiga tillfallen (Music for Weddings and Other Occasions) Naxos
8.555062
Instrumental
ORGAN (Eternal) Naxos
8.572181
Instrumental
Organ Recital: Apkalna, Iveta - WIDOR, C.-M. / SAINT-SAENS, C. / BIZET, G. / FAURE, G. (L'amour et la mort) Oehms Classics
OC678
Instrumental
Organ Recital: Dake, Kenneth - BACH, J.S. / ROBINSON, M. / PARKER, H. / WHITE, L. / JONGEN, J. / HAMPTON, C. / WIDOR, C.-M. (Prayers and Alleluias) Dorian Sono Luminus
DSL-92123
Instrumental
Organ Recital: Farris, Michael - WIDOR, C.-M. / FRANCK, C. / ALAIN, J. / VIERNE, L. / DURUFLE, M. / DUPRE, M. (French Fireworks - The Symphonic Organ) Delos
DE3049
Instrumental
Organ Recital: Guillou, Jean Victor Arthur - BACH, J.S. / GRIGNY, N. de / MOZART, W.A. / GUILLOU, J.V.A. (The Great Organ of St. Eustache, Paris) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90134
Instrumental
Organ Recital: Noehren, Robert - WIDOR, C.-M. / BRAHMS, J. / BACH, J.S. / ALAIN, J. / HINDEMITH, P. / KARG-ELERT, S. / MESSIAEN, O. Delos
DE3045
Instrumental
Organ Recital: Turk, Gordon - BOELLMAN, L. / VIERNE, L. / SALOME, T. / GUILMANT, A. / WIDOR, C.-M. / LEFEBURE-WELY, L. / MULET, H. (Ocean Grove) Dorian Sono Luminus
XCD-90267
Instrumental
Organ Recital: Unger, Michael - BUXTEHUDE, D. / BACH, J.S. / LITAIZE, G. / WIDOR, C.-M. / MESSIAEN, O. Naxos
8.572246
Instrumental
Organ Recital: Wilson, Todd - BRAHMS, J. / TARTINI, G. / VAUGHAN WILLLIAMS, R. / PURVIS, R. / HARRIS, W. / BACH, J.S. / MOZART, W.A. Delos
DE3145
Instrumental
Organ Recital: Wilson, Todd - JONGEN, J. / LANGLAIS, J. / DUPRE, M. / BONNET, J. / DEMESSIEUX, J. / WIDOR, C. (Great French Virtuosic Organ Music) Delos
DE3123
Instrumental
Organ Showpieces Naxos
8.571100
Instrumental
Pianola Music - STRAVINSKY, I. / LUTOSLAWSKI, W. / RACHMANINOV, S. / HANDEL, G.F. / WIDOR, C.-M. (The Virtuoso Pianolist) (Lawson) Other Minds
OM1001-2
Instrumental
STRAUSS, R.: Piano Quartet, Op. 13 / WIDOR, C.-M.: Piano Quartet, Op. 66 (The Ames Piano Quartet) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90167
Chamber Music
WEDDING MUSIC Naxos
8.550790
Instrumental
WEDDING MUSIC Naxos
8.550790DX
Instrumental
WIDOR, C.-M.: Chansons de Mer / La nuit / Nuit mysterieuse (Bundy, Filsell) Naxos
8.572345
Vocal
WIDOR: Organ Favourites Naxos
8.570310
Instrumental
WIDOR: Organ Symphonies Nos. 1, 3 and 6 BIS
BIS-CD-471
Instrumental
WIDOR: Organ Symphonies Nos. 2 in D Major and 8 in B Major BIS
BIS-CD-1007
Instrumental
WIDOR: Piano Trio, Op. 19 / Piano Quintet, Op. 7 Marco Polo
8.223193
Chamber Music
WIDOR: Piano Trio, Op. 19 / Piano Quintet, Op. 7 Naxos
8.555416
Chamber Music

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