Franckly Speaking

Franckly Speaking
Great Master works of Cesar Franck

  1. Fantasia in A major (14:03)

  2. Cantabile (7:16)

  3. Piece Héroïque (7:58)

  4. Pastorale (8:22)

  5. Grand Piéce Symphonique (26:07)

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Argentinean-born Hector Olivera started playing the pipe organ at age 3. At
12, he was the youngest student at the University of Buenos Aires, before
becoming a scholarship student at the Juilliard School of Music in New York.
Mr. Olivera’s career embraces countless performances as soloist with
symphony orchestras around the world, at renowned concert halls such as
Carnegie Hall, as well as virtuoso concert performances in places such as the
Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove,

Mr. Olivera continues to be a featured artist at international pipe organ
festivals, and national and regional conventions for both the American Guild
of Organists and the Royal Canadian College of Organists. His exceptional
ability to improvise was demonstrated in the United States when he won the
American Guild of Organists’ improvisation contest in 1968, and since, has
been honed to a keenness that leaves his audiences in awe. Olivera was the
artist of choice to perform at Spivey Hall in Atlanta for the 1996 Olympic
Games cultural event, for which he received standing ovations and rave

Hector Olivera’s preferred touring instruments are built by Roland and
Rodgers, but he does play personal engagements on instruments already in place
in major concert halls and prestigious cathedrals.

Hector Olivera can be contacted through the management of Thomas White, at
3844 11th Street S.W., Suite 525 • Canton, Ohio 44710-1491 (330) 479-1587
• FAX (330) 479-1572 

César Franck was born in Liége, Belgium in 1822. He lived most of his
life in Paris and came to be regarded as a French composer. For many years up
to the time of his death, he was organist at the church of Sainte-Clotilde,
and his organ music is among his finest work.

Living at a time when French Music was at its lightest and least serious,
earning an international reputation for its flippancy – and this applied to
organ music as much as to stage works – Franck brought a note of lofty purpose
to it. Franck’s organ music consists in the main of twelve pieces a set of
six and a set of three, composed before the instrumental masterpieces of his
maturity, and a final set of three, the Trois Chorals which are his last
compositions. César Franck always referred to the organ at Sainte-Clotilde as
his “orchestra”. It was this organ, built by Aristide Cavaillé-coll,
that provided the instrumental inspiration for his twelve organ pieces. They
are all conceived and registered in terms of its romantic organ colors, even
though the Trois Pièces of 1878 were composed specially for the opening of
another Cavaillé-Coll organ, that installed in the Paris Trocadero for the
great Exhibition of that year. According to Marie Louise Langlais, there are
reasons to believe that the Trois Pièces were composed thinking of Augusta
Holmes, who was a student of Franck as well as a famous composer in those

It is recorded that Franck played all the Six Pièces for his friend and
admirer, Liszt, at Sainte-Clotilde on 13 April 1866. Liszt afterwards declared
“These poetic pieces have a clearly marked place alongside the
masterpieces of Johann Sebastian Bach”. High praise, but more than a
century of organ recitals has shown that together with their companions the
Trois Pièces and the Trois Chorals have occupied, in the estimation of
players and audiences, precisely the place accorded them by Liszt. In this
recording, Hector Olivera includes the Fantasia in A Major, the Cantabile and
the Piéce Héroïque from the set of Trois Pièces, and the Pastorale and the
Grande Piéce Symphonique from the Six Pièces. 

The Organ of the Cathedral of St. Mary The Cathedral of St. Mary is the
center of worship and cultural arts for the Miami Roman Catholic Archdiocese,
Miami, Florida. A recent two year renovation has resulted in a most visually
attractive and acoustically spectacular venue for the Mass and sacred
masterworks. The original Cathedral organ was built by Möller in 1962.
Rodgers Instrument Corporation was chosen to provide a new four manual console
to control the 48 pipe ranks with an additional 68 digital stops totaling 127
ranks. The console features eight divisions controlling the gallery, chancel
and chapel organs and trompeteria.


16’ Violone
16’ Quintaton
8’ Diapason
8’ Principal
8’ Flûte Harmonique
8’ Violone
8’ Bourdon
8’ Quintaton
4’ Octave
4’ Spitzflöte
2-2/3’ Quinte
|2’ Superoctave
2’ Waldflöte
1-3/5’ Terz
IV Mixture
III Zimbel
16’ Double Trumpet
8’ Trumpet

16’ Flûte Conique
8’ Principal
8’ Rohrflöte
8’ Viole de Gambe
8’ Viole Céleste
8’ Flute Céleste
4’ Octave
4’ Koppelflöte
2-2/3’ Nazard
2’ Octavin
1-3/5’ Tierce
IV Plein Jeu
16’ Petite Bombarde
8’ Trompette
8’ Basson-Hautbois
8’ Vox Humana
4’ Clairon
16’ Swell
Unison Off
4’ Swell

16’ Erzähler
8’ Spitzgeigen
8’ Flautada
8’ Nason Flute
8’ Viola Céleste II
8’ Erzähler
8’ Erzähler Céleste
4’ Prestant
4’ Nachthorn
2’ Blockflöte
1-1/3’ Larigot
1’ Sifflöte
III Cornet
IV Mixture
8’ Cromorne
16’ Choir
Unison Off
4’ Choir

8’ Flauto Mirabilis
8’ Violoncello
8’ Cello Céleste
4’ Orchestral Flute
VII Grand Jeu
16’ Bombarde
16’ Corno di Bassetto
8’ Tuba Mirabilis
8’ Trompette
8’ French Horn
8’ English Horn
4’ Bombarde Clairon
16’ Solo

32’ Diapason
32’ Violone
32’ Bourdon
16’ Major Open Bass
16’ Principal
16’ Subbass
16’ Violone (Gt)
16’ Flûte Conique (Sw)
16’ Erzähler (Ch)
8’ Major Octave
8’ Violone (Gt)
8’ Bourdon
5-1/3’ Quinte
4’ Choralbass
4’ Halb Bourdon
2-2/3’ Octave Quinte
IV Rauschfeife

8’ Principal
8’ Rohrflöte
8’ Flute Céleste II
4’ Octave
4’ Spitzflöte
2’ Fifteenth
IV Fourniture
8’ Trompete



8’ Bourdon
8’ Viole Céleste II
4’ Principal
4’ Nachthorn
2-2/3’ Nazard
2’ Flûte à Bec
16’ Basson
8’ Hautbois
16’ Subbass
16’ Lieblich Gedackt
8’ Principal
8’ Gedackt
4’ Choralbass
16’ Posaune


8’ Principal
8’ Cor de Nuit
8’ Erzähler Céleste II
4’ Fugara
4’ Flauto Traverso
IV Grave Mixture
8’ Petite Trompette
8’ Festival Trumpet
16’ Festival Trumpet





Central Music, Inc., Nelson B. Newby, President; Design and digital
voicing: William Schaffer; Rodgers Instruments consultant: Larry Hawkins

Cathedral Consultant: Matthew Bryant; Central Music
Installation: Paul Meyer, Richard Schmidt