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