AEOLUS continues it's successful cooperation with the Belgian organist and titular of the Cathedral of Antwerp Peter Van de Velde and presents with this new double-SACD album the complete organ works of the Walloon composer Guy Weitz (1883-1970). The album is enriched by some major organ works of the better-known Weitz contemporary Joseph Jongen (1873-1953). This double album was recorded on the organs of Antwerp Cathedral (Pierre Schyven, 1891, last recording before its restoration in 2014) and of the Laurentius Church of Antwerp (Pels & Son, 1934), a huge building mounted in the 1932 in art deco style . The generous acoustics of both church spaces is more realistic nachempfindbar through the surround sound version of the SACD and underlines the consistently symphonic character of the works of both late romantics.
SACD1Weitz, Guy (1883-1970):Fanfare and gothic marchAve Regina: Antiphon (from: Two pieces for the organ”)Benedicte Dominum, Introit (from: Two pieces for the organ”)Priere, Prelude on “Salve Regina”Christmas RhapsodyDe Profundis clamaviIn ParadisumMortify us by thy grace (Chorale, Cantata No. 22): J.S. Bach (transcription)SicilienneGrand-Choeur (Voluntary on the fifth mode)
Jongen, Joseph (1873-1953):“Quatre Pieces” op. 37 (Cantabile, Improvisation-Caprice, Priere, Choral)Toccata op. 104
SACD2Weitz, Guy (1883-1970):Symphony for organRegina PacisMater dolorosaStella Maris
Symphony No. 2 for organSymphonic MovementPassacaillePrologue and ScherzoProcessionFinale
Paraphrase on “Regina Coeli Laetare”
Jongen, Joseph (1873-1953):Sonate Eroica op. 94
Peter van der Velde plays the Pierre Schyven organ (1891) of Our Lady´s Cathedral, Antwerp (SACD1) and the Bernard Pels & Zoon organ (1935) of the Saint-Laurentiuskerk, Antwerp (SACD2)