Complete Sonatas & Selected Works

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1 Sonate 1, "Pontificale", D minor ::: Allegro moderato [Nicolas Jacques Lemmens] 06:24 $1.49 Buy
2 Sonate 1, "Pontificale", D minor ::: Adagio [Nicolas Jacques Lemmens] 04:12 $1.49 Buy
3 Sonate 1, "Pontificale", D minor ::: Marche Pontificale (Maestoso) [Nicolas Jacques Lemmens] 05:52 $1.49 Buy
4 Sonate 1, "Pontificale", D minor ::: Fuga (Fanfare) [Nicolas Jacques Lemmens] 03:05 $1.49 Buy
5 Prélude à 5 parties (Grave), E flat major [Nicolas Jacques Lemmens] 03:22 $1.49 Buy
6 Fanfare (Allegro non troppo), D major [Nicolas Jacques Lemmens] 03:19 $1.49 Buy
7 Cantabile (Allegretto), B minor [Nicolas Jacques Lemmens] 06:21 $1.49 Buy
8 Sonate 2, "O Filli", E minor ::: Prélude (Allegro non troppo) [Nicolas Jacques Lemmens] 06:59 44.1/16 Album only
9 Sonate 2, "O Filli", E minor ::: Cantabile (Andante) [Nicolas Jacques Lemmens] 05:15 $1.49 Buy
10 Sonate 2, "O Filli", E minor ::: Fuga (allegro con fuoco) [Nicolas Jacques Lemmens] 03:27 $1.49 Buy
11 Prière (Moderato cantabile), E major [Nicolas Jacques Lemmens] 04:02 $1.49 Buy
12 Finale (Allegro), D major [Nicolas Jacques Lemmens] 04:59 $1.49 Buy
13 Sonate 3, "Pascale", A minor ::: Allegro [Nicolas Jacques Lemmens] 06:37 $1.49 Buy
14 Sonate 3, "Pascale", A minor ::: Adoration (Andante sostenuto) [Nicolas Jacques Lemmens] 02:48 $1.49 Buy
15 Sonate 3, "Pascale", A minor ::: Finale "Alleluia" (Maestoso recitando-Allegro) [Nicolas Jacques Lem 07:22 44.1/16 Album only

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Jacques-Nicolas Lemmens (1823-1881)
Organ Works

Sonate Nr. 1 "Pontificale" in D minor
Sonate Nr. 2 "O Filii" in E minor
Sonate Nr. 3 "Pascale" in A minor

Prélude (Grave) in E flat major
Fanfare (Allegro non troppo) in D major
Cantabile (Allegretto) in B minor
Prière (Moderato cantabile) in E major
Finale (Allegro) in D major


The Belgian organist Jacques-Nicolas Lemmens (1823-81) was key player (all puns intended) in the 19th century French Organ School, whose students included Alexandre Guilmant and Charles-Marie Widor. His performances, teachings, and writings laid the foundation for French symphonic organ style that prevailed in the late 1800s. Stylistically speaking, Lemmens' well-crafted compositions chart calm, conservative waters à la Mendelssohn, without rocking any boats, so to speak. The E-flat Prelude, for instance, is a veritable Song without Words. Of Lemmens' three organ sonatas, No. 2 in E minor contains the strongest writing within its three contrasting movements.

Conversely, if you find the First Sonata's chest-beating "Marche Pontificale" banal, you'll cringe at its profoundly insipid fugue. The 1874 Schyen/Van Beyer organ is ideally suited to these works, and van Oosten's full-throttle climaxes resonate without a trace of bombast. MDG's engineering goes for overall effect rather than close-up detail, capturing the organ as one might perceive its sound from the pews in the church of Notre-Dame de Laeken in Belgium.

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"The organ works of Lemmens are very interesting for everyone who loves French romantic organ music and who wants to learn more about the Bach-classical-romantic connection. Ben van Oosten is a great virtuoso; the organ is wonderful; the recording is superb (a real MD&G-tradition)." Yascha van den Berg