Jongen, Dukas, Fauré, Respighi and Messiaen
from Jonathan Scott, Cristian Mandeal
and the Hallé Orchestra,
reviewed by MIKE WHEELER
Belgian composer Joseph Jongen has been a well-kept secret of the organ world for too long. On the evidence of his Symphonie Concertante for organ and orchestra, he is a major figure. Yes, there are echoes of Debussy and Ravel (moments in the slow third movement, especially, that sound as though they're about to turn into Daphnis and Chloé)...
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