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Louis Vierne: Organ Symphonies op. 47 & op. 59

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Louis VierneOrgan Symphonies op. 47 & op. 59

The present recording completes audite‘s three-part complete recording of Louis Vierne’s six Organ Symphonies that captivate the listener with their colouring and ever-growing mysticism. The sound of the renowned Goll Organ combines poetic lyricism with symphonic fullness and power. The ideal acoustics make it possible to clarify the polyphonic structures. The fresh tempi of the interpreter bring out concise rhythms that are capable of enthralling the listener in extraordinary ways.more

Louis Vierne

"Sensitive and transparent performances, well structured, so that the overall architecture can be totally experienced." (Pizzicato)

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​​With the Fith and Sixth Organ Symphony, written in the years 1924 and 1930 respectively, the three-part complete audite recording of the six organ symphonies of Louis Vierne is completed. Both works were written when Vierne was permanently employed as organist of Notre-Dame in Paris and his life was headed towards international success - but was also being increasingly confronted with tragedy. Recorded at the Goll organ of St. Martin in Memmingen, the recording is characterised by the warm, soft and widely mensurated sound of the organ. Its sound creates unobtrusive power and fullness, making a symphonic effect in the church interior of St. Martin and yet always remaining clear. The polyphonic structures of the works become distinct and the transparency of sound permits fresher tempi than usual - both of which cannot normally be taken for granted with recordings of Vierne.

Louis Victor Jules Vierne was highly gifted and ambitious, but nearly blind. His reaction to virtuosic organ playing, such as that of César Franck, was marked by bliss and suffering, joy and fear. He studied in Paris with Charles-Marie Widor, who had founded the genre of the organ symphony. At the age of 23, a future full of hope stood before him. That was in 1894 - when the French composer, organist and instrumental pedagogue Louis Victor Jules Vierne was able to deputise for his teacher in a dual capacity: at the organ console of the Parisian Church of Saint-Sulpice and in Widor's organ class at the Conservatory. But Vierne's calling was for higher endeavours: between 1899 and 1930 he composed six organ symphonies that were to bring the genre to a hitherto unknown peak of richness in timbres, mysticism and cyclical architectonics.

Hans-Eberhard Roß is Director of Church Music in Memmingen. He has already made an internationally successful recording for audite of the complete organ works of César Franck. Additional information on the Goll organ and the registration you will find here.






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Ars Organi
Ars Organi | 65. Jhg. Heft 1 März 2017 | Martin Köhl | March 1, 2017

Die Gesamtaufnahme der Vierneschen Orgelsymphonik durch Hans-Eberhard Roß setzt Maßstäbe in mancherlei Hinsicht, denn sie ist sehr durchdacht, beruht auf überragendem technischem Können des Interpreten und beweist darüber hinaus, dass Cavaillé-Coll-Orgeln für die Darstellung dieses Œuvres durchaus kein Monopol besitzen.Mehr lesen

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Die Gesamtaufnahme der Vierneschen Orgelsymphonik durch Hans-Eberhard Roß setzt Maßstäbe in mancherlei Hinsicht, denn sie ist sehr durchdacht, beruht auf überragendem technischem Können des Interpreten und beweist darüber hinaus, dass Cavaillé-Coll-Orgeln für die Darstellung dieses Œuvres durchaus kein Monopol besitzen.

Neue Musikzeitung
Neue Musikzeitung | 7-8/15 (Juli-August 2015) | Hanspeter Krellmann | July 1, 2015 Die Rehabilitierung der vermeintlichen Orgel-Operette
Ein Streifzug durch die französische Orgelmusik des 19. Jahrhunderts anlässlich einiger CD-Neuerscheinungen

Roß' Gesamteinspielung der Vierne-Sinfonien ist bemerkenswert durch seine interpretatorische Herangehensweise an die sechs Stücke. [...] Roß lässt Viernes Sinfonien – vor allem die späten, also die Nummern vier bis sechs, die den Gipfelpunkt des sogenannten Impressionismus überschritten haben – sich an extremen Ausprägungen moderner Haltungen wie der Atonalität reiben, um ihnen eine angemessene Ausdrucksbreite abzugewinnen. So atmet die Musik einerseits, entzieht sich dem Ruch einer lediglich effektgesteuerten Wirkungsweise und richtet sich auf der anderen Seite entscheidend auf das Wechselverhältnis von Struktur und Ausdruck. Mehr lesen

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Roß' Gesamteinspielung der Vierne-Sinfonien ist bemerkenswert durch seine interpretatorische Herangehensweise an die sechs Stücke. [...] Roß lässt Viernes Sinfonien – vor allem die späten, also die Nummern vier bis sechs, die den Gipfelpunkt des sogenannten Impressionismus überschritten haben – sich an extremen Ausprägungen moderner Haltungen wie der Atonalität reiben, um ihnen eine angemessene Ausdrucksbreite abzugewinnen. So atmet die Musik einerseits, entzieht sich dem Ruch einer lediglich effektgesteuerten Wirkungsweise und richtet sich auf der anderen Seite entscheidend auf das Wechselverhältnis von Struktur und Ausdruck.

Australian Hi-Fi
Australian Hi-Fi | 06.02.2015 | John Sunier | February 6, 2015

At the time of composition of these works, Vierne was in a serious funk ofMehr lesen

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At the time of composition of these works, Vierne was in a serious funk of

American Record Guide | December 2014 | William J Gatens | December 1, 2014

This is the third and final volume in Hans-Eberhard Ross’s recording of the six organ symphonies of Louis Vierne (1870–1937). One of the chiefMehr lesen

This is the third and final volume in Hans-Eberhard Ross’s recording of the six organ symphonies of Louis Vierne (1870–1937). One of the chief guiding principles of the project is to bring audible clarity to the compositional details of these monumental works. It was no secret that Vierne conceived these works with the instrument and acoustic of Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral in mind. Ross counters that dense organ tone and an ultra-reverberant acoustic defeat the clarity of detail that he wishes to convey. He has a point, but I am far from certain that the present recording or its two previous volumes furnish a satisfactory resolution of the dilemma. The instrument here is the four-manual Goll organ (1998) at St Martin’s Church, Memmingen (Bavaria). The tone does not have quite the passionate quality of Cavaillé-Coll at his finest, but it is not worlds removed from that. The church’s foursecond reverberation contributes some warmth but still allows contrapuntal lines and other details to be audible.

Donald Metz reviewed the first volume in the series (Audite 92.674; March/April 2013), and I reviewed the second (92.675; March/April 2014). Our assessments were similar. Metz refers to Ross’s “more clinical approach” in comparison with other performers of this music. In my review of the second volume I thought his judgement perhaps too severe, though I am now inclined to reconsider. In addition to the instrument and the space, Ross sometimes allows a more open articulation than the continuous legato that was standard in the time of the French romantic and postromantic repertory. He also makes some alterations to the composer’s registrations, but I do not find those drastic. The general categories of tone color are observed, but the details always need to be adapted to the particular organ, as no two of them are the same.

The more fully registered passages here seem to me the more persuasive, as they effectively engage the reverberation of the room. The quieter and more lightly registered movements and sections are the ones that sound clinical to me. A good example is the opening movement of Symphony 5. This is a gloomy opening and should sound as if coming to the listener from out of the shadows. Here it is just too matter-of-fact. The clarity turns out to be counterproductive. Much the same could be said of the second movement of Symphony 6 with its troubled, jagged melodies and anguished chromatic harmonies.

I would not describe Ross’s performances in general as mechanical or dispassionate, but they sound as if he is more concerned about getting the notes to flow smoothly—no small feat in these formidably difficult works—than in projecting the expressive qualities of the music. It sounds as if he is so preoccupied with the surface of the music that he never really gets inside so as to convey to the listener what makes it tick. These are very unromantic performances.

Of the Vierne recordings I have encountered recently, the one that has most impressed me is François Lombard’s of Symphony 6 on the three-manual Cavaillé-Coll (1870) at St Peter’s Church, Calais, where he is organist (Motette 13811; Jan/Feb 2014). Not only is his performance wonderfully moving, but the recording proves that it is possible to capture the sound of a romantic organ in a reverberant room without losing most of the musical detail.
This is the third and final volume in Hans-Eberhard Ross’s recording of the six organ symphonies of Louis Vierne (1870–1937). One of the chief

Württembergische Blätter für Kirchenmusik
Württembergische Blätter für Kirchenmusik | 6/2014 November / Dezember (81. Jahrgang) | November 1, 2014 Neue Tonträger

Hier liegt eine neue Aufnahme aller Orgelsymphonien Louis Viernes vor, dieMehr lesen

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Hier liegt eine neue Aufnahme aller Orgelsymphonien Louis Viernes vor, die

www.pizzicato.lu | 25/10/2014 | Remy Franck | October 25, 2014 Entflechtungen

In seinen späten Orgelsymphonien verdichtet Louis Vierne das Tonmaterial zusehends mit verwegenen Harmonien und Klangfolgen, die an die Grenzen derMehr lesen

In seinen späten Orgelsymphonien verdichtet Louis Vierne das Tonmaterial zusehends mit verwegenen Harmonien und Klangfolgen, die an die Grenzen der Tonalität stoßen. Hans-Eberhard Roß gelingt es, dieses komplexe Geflecht von sich auflösenden Harmonien und chromatischem Gewebe musikalisch zu durchdringen, es feinfühlig zu strukturieren, ohne, dass die Musik zerfasert und in ihre Elementarteilchen zerfällt.

Sensitive and transparent performances, well structured, so that the overall architecture can be totally experienced.
In seinen späten Orgelsymphonien verdichtet Louis Vierne das Tonmaterial zusehends mit verwegenen Harmonien und Klangfolgen, die an die Grenzen der

Gramophone
Gramophone | September 2014 | Malcolm Riley | September 1, 2014

This third volume concludes Hans Eberhard Ross's magisterial survey of Vierne's six organ symphonies, recorded in 2013 on his 'home' organ, theMehr lesen

This third volume concludes Hans Eberhard Ross's magisterial survey of Vierne's six organ symphonies, recorded in 2013 on his 'home' organ, the glorious Goll four-manual instrument in St Martin's Church, Memmingen, west Bavaria. Designed with a symphonic tonal palette, it has sufficient aural heft to overwhelm the listener while still containing enough soothing tone-colours for Vierne's more tender moments. This is music that draws one in, written in a deeply chromatic idiom, full of turmoil and despair; demonic at times and certainly sardonic.

Ross has no technical problems with these fearsomely complex scores, rattling through them with aplomb and authority. Another bonus is that he uses the recent edition by Laukvik and Sanger, and – in the case of the Fifth Symphony – reference to the copy marked up by the work's dedicatee, Joseph Bonnet. This, the longest of the six, is the narrative of a hypersensitive man who suffered many personal setbacks.

The Sixth Symphony has a sunnier disposition. The skittish devilment of the Scherzo provides a welcome pivot between the serenity of the second-movement Aria and the sunken gloom of the Adagio, where Vierne pushes his tonal language to its furthest limit. The exuberance of the finale provides a sonic feast. Above all, Ross succeeds in stressing Vierne's contrapuntal mastery with flair while retaining a strong sense of the Romantic architecture of these huge structures.
This third volume concludes Hans Eberhard Ross's magisterial survey of Vierne's six organ symphonies, recorded in 2013 on his 'home' organ, the

International Record Review
International Record Review | September 2014 | Robert Matthew-Walker | September 1, 2014

This is the third and final volume of the complete recordings of the Vierne symphonies played by Hans-Eberhard Roß on the 1998 Goll organ of StMehr lesen

This is the third and final volume of the complete recordings of the Vierne symphonies played by Hans-Eberhard Roß on the 1998 Goll organ of St Martin Kirche, Memmingen, and it fully maintains the high standards set in the first two issues. This now becomes an important and in some ways unique set of performances, for, as outlined in my earlier reviews (in January and December 2013), whilst the use of this organ might go against the ideals of some purists (as the works themselves were in part inspired by the Cavaillé-Coll masterpiece in Notre-Dame, where Vierne was organist), with music of this significance one cannot insist that these works should only be played on one particular instrument. The Goll organ reflects many of the important Cavaillé-Coll characteristics, and the acoustic of St Martin has – as recorded here – a more remarkable clarity than Notre-Dame.

The clarity, rather than atmosphere, is important also, for as we have noted before, the textual accuracy of these scores is not something to be laid down beyond dispute. Viern’s eyesight was poor, and it deteriorated significantly as he got older: consequently, he was unable to check the page proofs from his publishers, and the Braille music notation he used was itself in certain instances unclear. In addition, there are various surviving copies of the first editions which were altered at the time of publication, or soon afterwards, by several of Vierne's pupils, presumably in accordance with his wishes.

We are fortunate today in that there have been two recent editions of these symphonies which are about as accurate as we can get, each the product of considerable erudition: the more recent is from Bärenreiter, edited by Helga Schauerte-Maubouet, which has appeared a few years after the Carus-Sanger-Laukvik edition. It is this latter edition that Roß favours – but not entirely, for he has added to the scholarship of the Carus publications with further research from Günther Kaunzinger, a pupil of Duruflé, himself a pupil of Vierne.

Roß contributes an important corollary to the excellent booklet notes by Rüdiger Heinze , on his choice of registration and the edition on which his interpretations are based. The specialist and organ enthusiast will want to have these important clarifications, but it is the fine nature of Roß's performances that will command the greatest interest. In terms of tempos, he is ideal; an important characteristic, this, in the case of the Fifth Symphony, Vierne's largest (almost 40 minutes) and in many ways most personal work. By the time he came to conceive this work (c. 1924), ten years after the Fourth, Vierne's life had continued on its downward journey with a succession of misfortunes and tragedies that would have felled a less-strong character – and almost did, in his case.

Consequently, in this work Vierne has become more inward-looking, the language more tortured in its concentration upon an intense chromaticism at times, a tonal fluidity, that may be considered a consequence of Franckian innovation to which Vierne turned to express his inner bitterness and resignation. But the artist reigns supreme: this music has an intensity of expression that demands clarity from the interpreter, and in this important instance the Goll organ is an ideal choice, especially in the quality of these recordings. Roß's unfolding of the initial tortuous line that opens the Symphony is magnificent and deeply expressive, and throughout he gives a performance of considerable distinction.

By the time of the Sixth Symphony ( 1930) Vierne was seemingly reconciled to his fate: the bitterness and anguish of the Fifth has gone, replaced by a contemplative character that, in the great Adagio movement, approaches the majesty of Bruckner. This is followed by an astonishing finale – full of energy, in which earlier material is subsumed into a remarkably positive edifice of sound. Once again, in this wonderful final Symphony, Roß is deeply impressive; his tempos and choice of mixtures are well-nigh ideal: in many ways, Roß follows those known to have been used by the composer, but he is not afraid to change them when the musical argument demands a greater clarity.

All in all, this is – as I hope to have indicated – an impressive series of recordings, each of which has to be counted amongst the best yet issued, and for many this will be the first choice when seeking to investigate a truly important set of works.
This is the third and final volume of the complete recordings of the Vierne symphonies played by Hans-Eberhard Roß on the 1998 Goll organ of St

http://theclassicalreviewer.blogspot.de | Saturday, 5 July 2014 | Bruce Reader | July 5, 2014 Superb performances of Vierne’s organ symphonies from Hans-Eberhard Roß playing the magnificent Goll Organ of St. Martin’s, Memmingen on a new release from Audite

Hans-Eberhard Roß is very fine, with lovely phrasing, dynamics and very much a feeling for the music. The way Roß handles the various musical lines is superb and there are some spectacularly dramatic passages.Mehr lesen

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Hans-Eberhard Roß is very fine, with lovely phrasing, dynamics and very much a feeling for the music. The way Roß handles the various musical lines is superb and there are some spectacularly dramatic passages.

Audiophile Audition
Audiophile Audition | July 3, 2014 | John Sunier | July 3, 2014

The third and final volume of the six Vierne organ symphonies, closing out this series of excellent performances and sonics. Mehr lesen

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The third and final volume of the six Vierne organ symphonies, closing out this series of excellent performances and sonics.

BBC Music Magazine
BBC Music Magazine | July 2014 | JA | July 1, 2014

A magnificent conclusion to Hans-Eberhard Roß's survey of Vierne's Organ Symphonies. Recorded on a non-French instrument, the performances still haveMehr lesen

A magnificent conclusion to Hans-Eberhard Roß's survey of Vierne's Organ Symphonies. Recorded on a non-French instrument, the performances still have an excitingly idiomatic snarl, and there is poetic mysticism too.
A magnificent conclusion to Hans-Eberhard Roß's survey of Vierne's Organ Symphonies. Recorded on a non-French instrument, the performances still have

www.concerti.de | Juli/August 2014 | Volker Tarnow | July 1, 2014 Leichtigkeit statt volle Dröhnung
Konsequent gegen die französische Tradition gebürstet: Die Orgelsinfonien Nr. 5 & 6 von Louis Vierne

Roß gestaltet die Werke des neben Tournemire wichtigsten Organisten jener Zeit mit erstaunlicher Leichtigkeit, die Dynamik besticht durch Differenziertheit, das Klangbild durch Transparenz, seine Registrierungen sind von geradezu fabelhafter Farbigkeit.Mehr lesen

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Roß gestaltet die Werke des neben Tournemire wichtigsten Organisten jener Zeit mit erstaunlicher Leichtigkeit, die Dynamik besticht durch Differenziertheit, das Klangbild durch Transparenz, seine Registrierungen sind von geradezu fabelhafter Farbigkeit.

Bayern 4 Klassik - CD-Tipp
Bayern 4 Klassik - CD-Tipp | Leporello - CD Tipp 28.04.2014 | Matthias Keller | April 28, 2014 Louis Vierne: Orgelsymphonien

Wenn es einen Komponisten gibt, dessen Leben von Schicksalsschlägen gezeichnet war, dann ist es der Franzose Louis Vierne. Nachdem Vierne bereitsMehr lesen

Wenn es einen Komponisten gibt, dessen Leben von Schicksalsschlägen gezeichnet war, dann ist es der Franzose Louis Vierne. Nachdem Vierne bereits stark sehbehindert zur Welt kam, verlief seine Karriere zwar zunächst auffallend positiv; doch ungefähr auf der Hälfte seines 66 Jahre dauernden Lebens holten ihn die Widrigkeiten des Lebens mit voller Härte ein: komplizierter Beinbruch, schuldlose Scheidung, der frühzeitige Tod beider Söhne sowie zunehmende Probleme mit der eigenen Gesundheit.

Letztes künstlerisches Aufbäumen
Teile von Viernes letzten beiden Orgelsymphonien klingen weniger nach Resignation sondern eher wie der trotzige Triumph eines Genies, das sich noch einmal gegen das eigene Schicksal auflehnt und der Welt noch einmal sein schöpferisches Credo entgegen schleudert: "das wahre Lebenselement der Kunst liegt in der Evolution" …

Hans-Eberhard Roß, seit 1991 Dekanatskantor an St. Martin in Memmingen und seit einigen Jahren Herr über eine bemerkenswerte, von der Firma Goll neu erbaute Orgel französischen Zuschnitts, scheint all die biografischen Fußnoten zum Thema Louis Vierne einschließlich des Notentextes in sich aufgesogen zu haben: Das konstruktive, die traditionelle Harmonik erweiternde Element ebenso wie das depressive – zu hören etwa im "Adagio" der sechsten und letzten Symphonie Louis Viernes, wo ein fast einminütiger Halteton für bizarre Erstarrung sorgt und fast wie eine Vorwegnahme von Louis Viernes plötzlichem Tod ein paar Jahre später auf der Orgelbank anmutet.

Roß trifft genau diese Balance zwischen abgrundtiefer Tristesse einerseits und wahrhaft visionärer Orgelsymphonik. Ambitioniert ist diese Vierne-Edition nicht nur klangtechnisch und was den Farbreichtum der Goll-Orgel betrifft sondern auch in puncto musikalischer Gestaltung und Differenzierung. Selten ist in einer Aufnahme so klar zutage getreten, dass Louis Vierne nicht nur Erbe sondern zugleich Vollender der von Charles-Marie Widor geschaffenen Gattung "Orgelsymphonie" ist.
Wenn es einen Komponisten gibt, dessen Leben von Schicksalsschlägen gezeichnet war, dann ist es der Franzose Louis Vierne. Nachdem Vierne bereits

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Louis Vierne: Organ Symphonies op. 47 & op. 59
article number: 92.676
EAN barcode: 4022143926760
price group: ACX
release date: 25. April 2014
total time: 72 min.

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