Willibald Guggenmos, Organ
Works by Widor, Vogt, Stehle, Faulkes, Tirro, Garbizu, Rogg, Hovland, Messiaen and Dupré
The main organ of the St. Gallen Cathedral (Switzerland) was built in 1968 and has since delighted numerous concertgoers and churchgoers. The exquisitely selected program of this recording bears witness to its outstanding tonal qualities. The following composition merit special attention: "Fantaisie-Orage" by Swiss cathedral organist Jacques Vogt. The version recorded here was reconstructed by Paul Haas based on handwritten fragments. In this fantasy, already the beginning captures the listener with its beautiful echo passages. After the presentation of several popular Swiss folk songs, a gloomy storm starts brewing, culminating in a passage reminiscent of Beethoven. According to the performance instructions, the organ is to be played with the entire palm of the hand and the elbow in order to imitate the storm and the lightning strikes as closely as possible. After the storm, the rural population gratefully joins in with the hymn "Holy God, We Praise Thy Name".
International reviews attested cathedral organist Willibald Guggenmos "fantastic technique and dazzling musicianship" (Bernhard Holland – New York Times). His enormous repertoire includes the complete works of Bach, Franck, Liszt, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Boöllmann, Stehle, Duruflé and the great works of Max Reger. For television and broadcasting, he did several recordings in many countries. Highlights of his CD recordings took place at the largest organ in Switzerland (Engelberg), the famous Cavaille Coll Organ at Azcoitia (Spain) and the legendary famous “Hill-Organ” at Sydney Town Hall (Australia).
Willibald Guggenmos, cathedral organist (extract of the booklet text)
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Newspaper "Tagblatt": Portrait, CD Review & Recommendation!
tagblatt.ch, Switzerland (April 25, 2018)
Klassik Heute Recommendation!
Classification: In all Categories (Artistic Quality / Sound Quality / General Impression) max. Points
klassik-heute.com, Guido Krawinkel, Germany/international (June 19, 2018)
CD Presentation & Recommendation!
Magazine "Kulturjournal Regensburg/Ostbayern", Germany (04/2018)
CD Review / Tip!
»[...] Play it loud and run for cover!«
Classical Music Sentinel, Jean-Yves Duperron, Canada/international (online 06/2018)
CD programme / Tracklist:
Charles M. Widor (1844–1937)
Hymne héroïque [04:17]
from/aus: Jeanne d’Arc
Jacques Vogt (1810–1869)
Johann Gustav Eduard Stehle (1839–1915)
Fantasie über ein Kirchenlied op.70/4 [04:35]
William Faulkes (1863–1933)
Légende et Final [05:08 / 04:25]
Frank Tirro (*1935)
Echoes: Parce Domine [03:44]
Tomás Garbizu (1901–1989)
Toccata sobre un tema gregoriano [04:04]
Sequentia sobre Victimae Paschali [05:18]
Lionel Rogg (*1936)
Vision apocalyptique La Cité céleste [04:35]
Egil Hovland (1924–2015)
Lux Aeterna op.135/3 [07:41]
Olivier Messiaen (1908–1992)
VI (Épiphanie) [07:24]
from/aus: Méditations sur le Mystère de la Sainte Trinité
Marcel Dupré (1886–1971)
Regina Coeli op.64 [03:57]
Poème héroïque op.33 [08:12]
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» Detailed CD booklet includes further info (bios, photos, etc.)
» Total playing time: 79min 00sec | Booklet Text: DE, EN, FR
» Recording: Main Organ, St. Gallen Cathedral/Switzerland
» Format: 1 Audio-CD | Series "Chromart Classics" | RD int'l ~06/18
» Order No.: TXA18108 | GTIN (EAN): 4250702801085 | LC28001
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