This Christmas recording features the Choir of Men and Boys at the National Cathedral. Traditional anthems, congregational singing and organ solos combine in the Gothic cathedral's acoustical cavern to create a recording of distinctive beauty.
Large-scale Bach works are featured here on a large organ in one of the largest churches in the hemisphere. Grand!
Franck and Widor established French Romantic organ work. Franck's Grande pièce symphonique was the first to use the term "symphony"; Widor's fifth symphony is perhaps the most famous work of the genre, and concludes with his ever-popular Toccata. The works of both composers are well-suited to the grand, Gothic space of the National Cathedral.