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The review is full of praise for Joseph's musicianship, as evident in the following excerpt which discusses the performance of the Fifth Symphony:

joseph nolan widor vol 1"I like Joseph Nolan’s touch with the variation feel of the first movement, adding little touches of rubato and keeping the expressive juices while maintaining a feel for the bigger structural picture and not pulling things around too much. He reminds us that there is wit and humour in this music, as well as fizzing creativity and impressive grandeur... The Allegro cantabile second movement is more allegro than some, but still has its gorgeous melodic flow over an ever-moving and restless accompaniment. I relish the space and weight given to the opening of the Andantino quasi allegretto, which moves across our aural landscape like a very large, slowly rolling thing which you want to bite into like balsa wood. The pastorale feel of the Adagio is kept simple, acting as a preface to that famous Toccata, which is superbly done. Joseph Nolan knows just how far he can push his instrument without turning this cascade of notes into meaningless mush, and you have a good sense of the multiple layers of musical invention which have gone into the piece. The final bars are truly stunning."

To read the complete review, please click here.

Charles-Marie Widor:  The Complete Organ Symphonies Vol I is available for purchase at the Cathedral Shop.

The review is full of praise for Joseph's musicianship, as evident in the following excerpt which discusses the performance of the Fifth Symphony:

joseph nolan widor vol 1"I like Joseph Nolan’s touch with the variation feel of the first movement, adding little touches of rubato and keeping the expressive juices while maintaining a feel for the bigger structural picture and not pulling things around too much. He reminds us that there is wit and humour in this music, as well as fizzing creativity and impressive grandeur... The Allegro cantabile second movement is more allegro than some, but still has its gorgeous melodic flow over an ever-moving and restless accompaniment. I relish the space and weight given to the opening of the Andantino quasi allegretto, which moves across our aural landscape like a very large, slowly rolling thing which you want to bite into like balsa wood. The pastorale feel of the Adagio is kept simple, acting as a preface to that famous Toccata, which is superbly done. Joseph Nolan knows just how far he can push his instrument without turning this cascade of notes into meaningless mush, and you have a good sense of the multiple layers of musical invention which have gone into the piece. The final bars are truly stunning."

To read the complete review, please click here.

Charles-Marie Widor:  The Complete Organ Symphonies Vol I is available for purchase at the Cathedral Shop.