Wayne Fisher, Organist

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Charles-Marie Widor: Symphony No. 5, First Movement

This movement stands at the beginning of Widor's Symphony No. 5. At the other end comes the famous Toccata, which brings the symphony to a rousing and happy conclusion.

The first movement is a set of character variations, at times earnest, at times kittenish, at times lyrical, at times grand, but always good-natured.

The date of recording is likely 1969 or 1970, on the Harrison & Harrison organ in the Cincinnati College of Music. The acoustic environment is not that of a large French church, but it is nice to be able to actually hear what the composer wrote!