Michael Murray is a consummate artist. He’s solid, not flashy. He has deep understanding of the music, he has beautiful technique and his pedal technique is second to none. He has played and recorded widely and is one of the great organists of our time. You can’t go wrong with anything he does. He plays music, not just notes. Audiophile factor & artistic factor: High!
Composer: César Franck, Marcel Dupré, Louis Couperin, Eugène Gigout, Charles-Marie Widor, Johann Sebastian Bach, Louis Vierne, Jacques-Nicolas Lemmens Performer: Michael Murray Vinyl 1982 Number of Discs: 1 Format: FLAC Label: Telarc DR-Analysis: DR 12 Size: 1.56 GB Scan: yes Server: FF
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 Vinyl 1984 Number of Discs: 1 Format: FLAC Label: Telarc DR-Analysis: DR 12 Size: 2.16 GB Scan: yes Server: FF
All thanks for this fine music go toTrottar The three works make a very attractive and logical coupling, as they bring together the three outstanding French sonatas of their time. The Franck, the work of a mature composer towards the end of his composing life is dated 1886, the Debussy sonata from 1917 was his last completed work and Ravel’s sonata of 1927, while not being his last work, is still one of his mature years.
Beyond those considerations the three works inhabit very different worlds from each other. The Ravel piece is by far the most ‘abstract’ in its musical considerations while the Franck offers a deeply Romantic vision. The Debussy sonata inhabits a world somewhere in between with its impressionist form of expression.
The performances given by Mintz and Bronfman are exquisitely drawn with clearer lines and less heaviness than is often heard with other artists. Those who are familiar with Mintz’s equally exquisite and finely drawn disc of the Prokofiev violin concertos recorded with Abbado will immediately know what is meant by that description. Nothing is overstated but every detail is there to be heard and makes full impact. Rather like make use of a sabre rather than a two-handed double edged sword to make an analogy.
Composer: Cesar Franck, Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel
Performer: Shlomo Mintz, Yefim Bronfman
Number of Discs: 1
DR-Analysis: DR15 Size: 1.09 GB
You are warned: the bass of these bass pipes will blow you away 😉 Virgil Fox playes on the Rufatti Organ at the Garden Grove Community Church in California. The Artistry of Virgil Fox is evident throughout this recording as in all of his recordings. A beautiful farewell from a great performer and superb human being. I recommend it without reservation. Sensetional and spectacular High-End-Recordings by audiophile label Crystal Clear, whose standards were direct-to-disc recordings of the 1st class on 180g vinyl in a time, where no one thought to offer audiophile recordings on 180g vinyl.
# Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach, Joseph Jongen, Cesar Franck, Jehan Alain, Charles-Marie Widor, Marcel Dupré, Eugène Gigout, Louis Vierne # Performer: Virgil Fox # Vinyl (1977) # Number of Discs: 2 # Format: Flac # Label: Crystal Clear # DR-Analysis: DR 12
# ASIN CD: not found # Size: 2.45 GB # Scan: yes # Server: FileFactory
# Composers: Franz Lehár, Imre Kálman, Erno Dohnányi, Emil Waldteufel, Josef Lanner, Josef Strauss, Ernest Bloch, Cesar Franck, Arthur Sullivan, Ottorino Respighi, Charles Gounod, Richard Wagner
# Orchestras: Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Hungarica, Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Eastman Wind Ensemble
# Conductors: Antal Doráti, Howard Hanson, Paul Paray, Frederick Fennell
# Vinyl (2015)
# Number of Discs: 6
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14, DR 14, DR 12, DR 12, DR 15, DR 13
# Label: Mercury | 478 8058
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (10.3GB), 24-bit/96kHz (5.24GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (1.42GB)
# Recovery: 5%
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Some years ago, the mother of a friend gave me a bunch of records, among them were some little gems (posted here and not yet posted). This is one of the records and I was very pleased, when I saw this, because I was in this church about 30 years ago, for the wedding of a friend.
# Composer: Felisx Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Johann Sebastian Bach, Louis-Nicolas Clerambault, Cesar Franck, Eugene Gigout
# Performer: Edgar Krapp
# Vinyl (1988)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Private Pressing
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# Size: 801 MB
# Scan: yes
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On demand, pictures of the booklet added, with information about the organs used for these recordings
# Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johannes Brahms, Max Reger, Paul Hindemith, Charles Marie Widor, Cesar Franck, Olivier Messiaen, Louis Vierne, Franz Liszt, Henry Purcell, Peter Maxwell Davis, Benjamin Britten, Edward Elgar
# Performer: Simon Preston
# Vinyls (1963-1970)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac (Tracks)
# Label: Argo
# DR-Analysis: DR: 11
# Size: 3.37 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory