This is acclaimed organist Dr. Frederick Hohman performing the Toccata from the Fifth Symphony for Organ by Charles-Marie Widor on the Schantz organ of the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, New Jersey, an absolutely brilliant performance
as close to gold-standard as it gets. This work has been recorded many, many times by some of the most talented organists in the world on some of the grandest pipe organs in the world -- and some of the playing is really fine -- but there is no more
authentic recording than this one out there. Clocking in at 6:23 minutes, it is one of the most musical performances anyone will ever hear.
Of particular interest is the excellent camera work in this video, the stikingly well articulated arpeggios
and chords, the consistent but nuanced tempo whichs keep the music from sounding mechanical page after page, the observance of diminuendos as the score indicates, the skillful use of registration and subsidiary manuals, the phrasing in the pedal, and those
fabulous end chords correctly timed -- everything combining to bring out all of the majestic powers at work on the page.
The observant observer will note in this video that 1) for the infamous "impossible" stretch of a 10th in the left hand chord on
the 4th beat of measure 8, he does not take the high E with the right hand but (unexpectedly) moves the low C up one octave, retaining a four-note C7 chord but in 2nd inversion, close position, 2) he takes the high F in the left hand chord on the first beat
of measure 63 with the right hand, as expected, and 3) instead of taking the left hand chords beginning on measure 67 with the left hand on the (Swell) manual above the Great in the octave where written, requiring the hands to be crossed, he unexpectedly plays
these chords an octave lower than written on the (Choir) manual below the Great with all suboctave stops retired on that manual.
We offer Dr. Hohman our compliments and sincerest thanks for recording and posting this masterful video on YouTube
for public viewing.