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Title:Sketches & Improvisations in the French Tradition Synopsis
Artist:Wilma Jensen   Bio Web site
Item:7186
Price:$17.98
Sample:Track 9: Beginning, Fantaisie-Improvisation sur '"Ave maris stella"
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Additional Details

Format:Digital Audio CD
Length:69' 56"
Organ:Casavant
Venue:St. George’s Episcopal Church, Nashville, Tennessee USA WEBSITE
Recorded:02/16/2003
Released:12/05/2003
Producer:John J. Uhl
Notes Author:Dr. James Mellichamp
Notes Language:English
Graphics Format:8pp book, traycard, jewelbox
UPC #:636077718625

Critics' Comments

Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians ”This disc opens with the St. Lawrence Sketches of Alexander Russell (1880-1953) which, half a century ago, were a staple of the organ recital repertory... but have now largely been set aside. The music is essentially programmatic in content, but when played with sympathy and integrity, as Wilma does play them, they are well worth hearing. ... Wilma plays exquisitely. ... The playing is consistently idiomatic and fresh,and the sound is excellent.” - Victor Hill


The Living Church “Wilma Jensen’s latest recording captures the rhapsodic sound-world of early 20th-century organ masters, featuring works inspired by the ambience of French churches and their organs, of rich color and intense power. ... the 1986 Casavant organ is convincingly French-toned for the program at hand. Jensen revels in its coloristic opportunities... Jensen is one of our country’s finest recitalists. Her interpretations here are committed in character and faultless in execution.” - Jeffrey Smith


Track Listing
[ Track # • Title • Composer • Duration ]

01 • St. Lawrence Sketches: I. The Citadel at Quebec • Alexander Russell • 6'52"
02 • St. Lawrence Sketches: II. The Bells of St. Anne de Beaupré • Alexander Russell • 6'24"
03 • St. Lawrence Sketches: III. Song of the Basket-Weaver • Alexander Russell • 3'26"
04 • St. Lawrence Sketches: IV. Up the Saguenay • Alexander Russell • 6'58"
05 • Méditation à Sainte Clotilde • Philip James • 7'51"
06 • Cinq Improvisations: I. Petite rapsodie improvisée • Charles Tournemire, trans. Maurice Duruflé • 4'7"
07 • Cinq Improvisations: II. Cantiléne improvisée` • Charles Tournemire, trans. Maurice Duruflé • 4'21"
08 • Cinq Improvisations: III. Improvisation sur le "Te Deum" • Charles Tournemire, trans. Maurice Duruflé • 6'52"
09 • Cinq Improvisations: IV. Fantasie-Improvisation sur l’“Ave maris stella” • Charles Tournemire, trans. Maurice Duruflé • 10'35"
10 • Cinq Improvisations: V. Fantasie-Improvisation sur le "Victimae Paschali" • Charles Tournemire, trans. Maurice Duruflé • 8'24"
11 • Méditation • Louis Vierne • 4'6"

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