César Franck

François Delor au nouvel orgue du Victoria Hall à Genève




In 1984, the Victoria Hall was badly damaged by arson, and its organ entirely destroyed. Shortly after this catastrophe, the City of Geneva took the brave decision to restore the Hall to its original 1894 decoration, and to reconstruct the organ. This task was perfectly carried out by the Dutch van den Heuvel Brothers, who built a magnificent neo-symphonic organ of four manuals and 71 stops. Born in Geneva to a family of musicians, François Delor completed his musical studies in the Geneva Conservatory, while studying also in the Academy of Fine Arts. He obtained several first prizes at national and international competitions (e.g. François Couperin Competition, Geneva International Competition). As a concert organist, he has performed throughout most of Europe. He is also a harpsichordist and composer, teaches organ at the Geneva Conservatory, and is the organist of the Temple de la Fusterie in Geneva as well as a co-organist of the Victoria Hall organ. The two collections of works for organ recorded in this compact disc encompass the most fruitful period in the career of César Franck. It is in fact between 1878 and 1890 that, having acquired a complete mastery of his art and endlessly finding new ideas, César Franck left to posterity a plethora of masterpieces without which he would not have had such an important place in the history of music.


César Franck (1822-1890)


François Delor auf der neuen Orgel der Victoria Hall Genf.

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