HAVPCD145 – Vierne, Widor, Tournemire Jeremy Filsell at Ely Cathedral
Widor, Vierne, and Tournemire epitomise what has become known as the great school of symphonic organ composers. With César Franck and Alexandre Guilmant, Charles-Marie Widor was one of the first to write for the organ in a truly symphonic style. Arguably the most profound influence on all three composers was that of the 19th-century organ builder Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, whose instruments were revolutionary in their variety of colouristic possibilities, the brilliance of the reeds, and the warmth of foundation tone. Widor presided at St-Sulpice, Vierne latterly at Notre-Dame, and Tournemire at Ste-Clotilde, all churches containing notable Cavaillé-Coll instruments.