About the composer
Alexandre Guilmant (1837 – 1911) was born in France as a son of an organ player. Though he was largely self-taught, he became a versatile musician. He traveled to Russia and the USA, as well a to several European countries to give organ recitals which were very well received. He published several books on interpretation and improvisation and published many collection of his own organ compositions. In 1901 he was awarded an honorary doctorate at Manchester University. Guilmant was one of the first French composors who used Gregorian chant as thematic material in his work.
About the Stabat Mater
Organ soloist and symphony orchestra
The CD-insert describes this Méditation sur le Stabat Mater as a kind of contemplative work in the manner of a religious devotion, expressed solely via music, without any text. The influence of Cesar Franck can be heard.
No text is used.
As no text is used there is no reason for a colorbar
Information about the recording
|Carlton Classics 30367 01092: Guilmant: Symphony no.1 – Fétis: Fantaisie Symphonique
The CD is dedicated to some composers who contributed to the development of french organ music. Recorded in Ingolstadt, Münster, in 1996. I bought this CD in a record shop in the Netherlands, 1999
|Leipzig Symphony Orchestra
Guilmant: Symphony no.1 pour Orgue et Orchestre + Allegro + Marche fantaisie sur des Chants d'église + Finale alla Schumann