I must say that I knew I would be a fan of this disc before I ever heard it. The repertory for organ and orchestra is depressingly small compared to other instruments, but this piece by Joseph Jongen certainly blows many of them out of the water. The combination of the organ with the orchestra is perfect, and there is such diversity in how various sounds merge that the listener will be excited each time s/he listens to this piece. Also, Michael Murray does a fantastic job of interpretting this masterpiece. He commands the Davies Hall instrument with finesse. The orchestra, directed by de Waart, is equally adept. It is a mind-blowing display of fantastic composition on Jongen’s part, and equally fantastic capability by the performers. Bravo!! Also, the Franck pieces are a nice addition.
Composer: César Franck, Joseph Jongen
Performer: Michael Murray
Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Edo de Waart
Number of Discs: 1
DR-Analysis: DR 12
Size: 2.16 GB
Michael Murray plays the Fratelli Ruffatti Organ at Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
|Jongen – Symphonie Concertante For Organ & Orchestra|
|A1||I. Allegro, Molto Moderato||8:06|
|A2||II. Divertimento: Molto Vivo||8:14|
|A3||III. Molto Lento: Lento, Misterioso||11:09|
|B1||IV. Toccata (Moto Perpetuo): Allegro Moderato||6:16|
|B2||Franck – Fantasie In A||13:25|
|B3||Franck – Pastorale||8:10|
Analyzed folder: /192k Jongen – Symphonie Concertante For Organ And Orchestra – Murray, De Waart
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR13 -0.61 dB -18.69 dB A1 Jongen – Symphonie Concertante For Organ and Orchestra – I. Allegro, Molto Moderato.aif
DR13 -4.14 dB -21.82 dB A2 Jongen – Symphonie Concertante For Organ and Orchestra – II. Divertimento- Molto Vivo.aif
DR13 -1.64 dB -21.11 dB A3 Jongen – Symphonie Concertante For Organ and Orchestra – III. Molto Lento- Lento, Misterioso.aif
DR12 -0.61 dB -15.22 dB B1 Jongen – Symphonie Concertante For Organ and Orchestra – IV. Toccata (Moto Perpetuo)- Allegro Moderato.aif
DR13 -1.18 dB -19.72 dB B2 Franck – Fantasie In A.aif
DR6 -12.11 dB -22.47 dB B3 Franck – Pastorale.aif
Number of files: 6
Official DR value: DR12
- Art Direction – Ray Kirschensteiner
- Composed By – César Franck (tracks: 5, 6), Joseph Jongen (tracks: 1 to 4)
- Conductor – Edo de Waart (tracks: 1 to 4)
- Edited By – Elaine Martone
- Engineer [Recording] – Jack Renner
- Liner Notes – John Judson McGrody
- Orchestra – The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra (tracks: 1 to 4)
- Organ – Michael Murray
- Photography By [Cover] – Jane Lidz
The premiere recording of the Ruffatti organ in Davies Symphony Hall.
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