Toccata Festiva was written in 1960 in response to a commission to celebrate the new organ for the Academy of Music, then the Philadelphia Orchestra’s home. It offers some attractive writing in the Barber tradition, with exciting and impressive organ fireworks…an enjoyable novelty. This live performance could hardly be bettered and the sound…is very full and vivid.
Olivier Latry, titulaire at Notre Dame, was the extremely able soloist for the Poulenc and Barber pieces, and he showed off the new Dobson organ to wonderful effect in the Saint-Saëns Third. The rich and powerful sound of the Dobson is well represented on this SACD and the disc is especially involving if you do multichannel.
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