This is the second volume in cpo’s series of Widor, Charles-Marie’s Organ Symphonies. Volume 2 is in every way a match for the high standards of the first. Gramophone said: “Solyom`s superbly paced direction and Schmitt`s sensitive interweaving with the orchestral textures gives a real sense of purpose and unity to this often complex score.”
Widor epitomizes the French organ music of the nineteenth century. He quickly made a name for himself as a composer, and his ten symphonies for solo organ are regarded even today as some of his greatest achievements. As with the first volume the symphonies are interpreted by Christian Schmitt, certainly the most distinguished German organist of the younger generation.