|"Liebe, das grosse bunte Wunder" mit Hanspeter Müller-Drossaart, Schauspieler |
Eine weise Entscheidung, ebenso wie die Idee, jeden Abschnitt mit einer musikalischen Improvisation abzurunden. Champions Orgelklänge schaffen Gedankenräume, setzen Satzzeichen zwischen den Texten: von flirrender Sphärenmusik bis hin zu verspielten Tanzmotiven - der Männedörfler Organist zieht alle Register seines Könnens.
|The triennial Canadian International Organ Competition organized an off-year festival over the weekend, which included a recital by Frédéric Champion, the inaugural winner of 2008. It was an occasion to marvel at this Frenchman's superbly fluent technique, natural good sense as an interpreter, and the superb condition of the Rudolf von Beckerath organ of St. Joseph's Oratory after its renovation of 2012.|
“You can hear the notes,” exclaimed the music lover and philanthropist Noël Spinelli after the Saturday afternoon event. Quite so.
And you could hear what Champion did with the notes in Buxtehude's Toccata in F, which was quite a bit. (Oct 2013)
Neue Zürcher Zeitung : Organo Vino
|Der junge Franzose... spielte ein virtuoses Programm, das die Qualitäten der restaurierten Orgel von St. Jakob in eindrucksvoller Art demonstrierte. Wie prächtig kam da etwa beim Allegro-Satz aus Widors 6. Orgelsinfonie das satte Plenum zur Geltung. Und was für unerhörte Klangfarben entlockte Champion dem Instrument bei der "Danse macabre" von Saint-Saëns, die er selber für Orgel transkribiert hatte.|
|The cover of this CD shows Frédéric Champion, standing in front of the organ case with a look that says, "You will be bewitched!" And when you cue this CD up that is exactly what happens! Faultless virtuosity, unlimited musical imagination, a beautiful organ, and entrancing French organ music. I suppose one could, with effort, find something to nitpick. Perhaps some of the final chords are held too long.|
The opening track is the familiar Allegro from Widor's sixth Symphony played with virile elan. Duruflé's Suite is magically myterious. Three fascinating, more modern follow : Escaich, Florentz und Robin. Alain's beautiful "Deuxième Fantaisie" is followed by a majestic reading of the Allegro deciso from Dupré's Evocation, Op.37.
A special treat fills the last track -Champion's own transcription of Saint-Saëns Danse macabre- in a performance so wonderful that if I didn't know better I would have though it written for organ. I loved this cd and I think you will too.
The American Organist
|"Hearing these performances, it is easy to understand why Frédéric Champion holds awards from not only the Canadian International Organ Competition, but many other competitions as well. These are commanding, powerful performances, exhibiting a controlled virtuosity tempered by superb musicality. Champion possesses a vast reservoir of technical strength that enables him to surmount every challenge and penetrate the substance of the music. The playing is full of vigor, freshness, clarity, and passion. To cite but one example, the "Toccata" of Duruflé's Suite is incandescent; the complex figurations and formal design are clarified under Champion's hands and feet… |
These exciting performances are a testament that Frédéric is indeed a champion."(September 2010)
"Playing from memory, his technique and varying style was polished and professional." (November 2008)
Choir and Organ (United Kingdom)
|"Fortunately, Champion is one of the finest young organist you´ll ever hear. His virtuosity and expressive playing results in invigorating performances of familiar repertoire by Alain, Dupré, Duruflé and Widor. The impressionistic contemporary pieces by Escaich, Robin and Florentz are equally rewarding, and Champion´s own transcritpion of Saint-Saëns´s Danse Macabre is a tour de force. |
A fabulous disc!"
Süddeutsche Zeitung (D)
|"Champion beeindruckte das Publikum durch seine Perfektion, mit der er über eine Stunde lang souverän und virtuos die unterschiedlichsten Orgelstücke darbot. ... Durch die gekonnte Kombination der verschiedenen Klangfarben der Orgel, verbunden mit hoher Sensibilität für das Instrument, gelang dem Organisten ein sehr anspruchsvolles und außergewöhnlich hörenswertes Konzert... "|
Le Devoir (L'automne classique québécois)
|"La Suite op. 5 de Duruflé témoigne de la puissance de l'invention musicale, mais aussi de la sobriété de cet organiste."|
Choir & Organ (United Kingdom)
|“Frédéric Champion lives up to his name” |
“Bold registration, many fast passages and performances all from memory lined Champion up for a warm reception from the audience”
La Scena Musicale (Montréal, CA)
|“Although instructed not to clap between works, members of the audience were unable to suppress applause after Champion's fourth piece Danse Macabre”. (CIOC, October 2008)|
The Gazette (Montréal, CA)
|“If more evidence were needed of the Superorganist credentials of this bespectacled Clark Kent he played the program from memory.” |
“As if scripted by Hollywood, Champion was the last to play. From the start of the Allegro from Widor's Sixth Symphony, we were aware of a crisp attack and determined pulse…”
(CIOC, October 2008)