JOSEPH JONGEN (1873-1953): Complete Organ Works, Vol. 2 - Cantilène, 2 feiulles rapportées de Louvain for Harmonium, Petit Prélude, 20 Préludes et versets, Larghetto, Op. 38/2, Offertoire sur l'Alma redemptoris mater, Marche religieuse, Op. 38/1, Prière, Op. 108/2, Chant de May, Op. 53/1, Élégie, Petit Pièce, Prélude élégiaque, Op. 47/1, In Memoriam - 4 improvisations for Harmonium, Gaudeamus: Verset pour la fête de l'Assomption, Elévation, Pastorale, Sonate Eroïca, Op. 94, Arrangements: Prélude de Oratorio "Saint François" d'Edgar Tinel, Andante, Romance sans paroles (Mendelssohn), Fugue d'Orchestre (Jean-Theodore Radoux [1835-1911]), Sarabande, Gavotte and Musette from Holberg Suite, Death of Ase from Peer Gynt (Grieg).
Catalogue Number: 06J065
Label: D.E. Versluis
Description: Given how well known this composer was for his organ playing and compositions (even aside from his famous Symphonie concertante for organ and orchestra), it's amazing that this is the first project to record it complete. The range is from simple harmonium pieces (played here on a choir organ with a lot more power than the average harmonium) to works written for use in church services, to virtuosic concert pieces (the impressive 16-minute, single-movement Sonate Eroïca of 1930 was Jongen's most original, dramatic and monumental work) to transcriptions of works by Jongen's contemporaries. 2 CDs. Anton Doornhein (Seifert organ, Kevelaer and Van Bever choir organ, Laeken, Belgium).