Vox Humana Posted August 26, 2014 Share Posted August 26, 2014 I hope I may be forgiven for posting this off topic query, but I am sure that you are the best people to ask. I have always been convinced that Vierne was far more than just a mere organ composer and have always been slightly disappointed that he is not more widely recognised by the musical mainstream. It's true his output is uneven, but just listen to this lovely, impressionist song: And am I wrong in thinking this superb cello sonata ought to be up there with the best of them? Then there are the impressive second and third movements of his Poème for piano and orchestra (sadly, the first movement doesn't quite hit the same mark, though maybe the YouTube recording is to blame for that):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Jcd33rgv64 Anyway... My question is: as a devotee of CDs (I don't do MP3 downloads), can anyone please recommend to me some good recordings entirely or mainly of secular music by Vierne? I am already aware of George Delvalleé's CD of the complete piano works. As an aside, thanks to the way I was taught, I grew up believing that there were only two impressionist composers, Debussy and Ravel. This never really made sense, but the textbooks I have read do tend to reinforce this impression in that, although they speak generally of an impressionist movement, they don't actually mention any other composers. But surely there must have been others and surely Vierne was one? Duruflé might be another on grounds of harmonic idiom, although there is nothing in the titles of his compositions to suggest this. Who else? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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