Charles Widor’s musical life covered around 75 years of French cultural history. His organ symphonies helped to blow spectacular new life into an instrument that had become sorely neglected, and it was in salons such as that of the organ builder Cavaille-Coll that his chamber music was first welcomed with enthusiasm. Widor went on to work with leading players of his day, composing audition showpieces such as the Introduction et Rondo, the recently rediscovered and popular Serenade with its rich harmonium sonorities, and the Suite, Op. 34 that far transcends the salon genre in its character and range.
Thies Roorda (flute), Alessandro Soccorsi (piano), Olivier Patey (clarinet), Alexei Ogrintchouk (oboe), Bert Mooiman (harmonium), Junko Naito (violin), Benedikt Enzler (cello)
Widor: Suite florentine
arr. R de Reede
Introduction et Rondo (op. 72)
Serenade, Op. 10
Suite for flute and piano, Op. 34
arr. A Rey