Catherine Crozier plays Great Organ Works of César Franck

Catherine Crozier, organist

Marcussen Organ 

Wiedemann Hall Wichita State University 

Wichita, Kansas 
The simple unassuming life of Cesar Franck belies his importance in French musical life of the 19th century. The dominant force in French composition, Franck’s influence brought the chromaticism and free form exhilaration of Wagner and Liszt into the national mix. Franck’s organ works enjoy a great popularity with organists and audiences alike. Included in this disc are a representative mix of Franck’s output: the rousing Piece Heroique, the landmark Three Chorals, and the serene Prelude, Fugue et Variation. Catharine Crozier’s interpretive style and exceptional technique have rightly placed her as one of America’s premier organists. Ms. Crozier is internationally known for her exceptional performances and recordings of 19th and 20th century repertoire. critical acclaim for Crozier on previous Delos releases “Catharine Crozier… an honored veteran among organ players… can still run rings around much of her younger competition, not only in interpretive style but in sheer technique as well.” The New York Times “Catharine Crozier is certainly one of the premier organists of the twentieth century… supreme musical prowess and flawless technique.” The Diapason “Critics’ Choice – one of the most stimulating organ discs I’ve heard for many a long year.” Gramophone, reviewing DE 3147 “All Things Visible and Invisible”

Piece Heroique Three Chorals for Organ No. 1 in E Major; No. 2 in B Minor; No. 3 in A Minor