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Messiaen: Les Corps glorieux & Messe de la Pentecôte

Messiaen: Les Corps glorieux & Messe de la Pentecôte


Les Corps Glorieux

Messe de la Pentecote

Tom Winpenny (organ)

Olivier Messiaen was a towering figure in twentieth-century music, and for many years he considered Les Corps glorieux the favorite of his own works. It is recognized as the pinnacle of his pre-war organ compositions, vividly depicting the themes of resurrection through deeply expressive symbolism, life and death struggles and ecstatic joy. Ten years later the Messe de la Pentecote marked a departure in style, drawing on Messiaen’s liturgical improvisations and crystallizing his latest rhythmic and serial techniques and use of birdsong into a ground-breaking masterpiece. Organist Tom Winpenny is Assistant Master of the Music at St. Albans Cathedral, where he accompanies the daily choral services and directs the Abbey Girls Choir. Previously, he served as sub-organist at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London. He is also musical director of the London Pro Arte Choir. He has broadcast frequently on BBC Radio and featured on American Public Media’s Pipedreams. He was organ scholar at King’s College, Cambridge, graduating with a music degree, and twice accompanying the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, broadcast worldwide. As a soloist, he has performed in the USA, Europe, and throughout Britain. His wide-ranging discography includes music by Mozart, Liszt, John McCabe, and John Joubert.

“The newly renovated organ of Hildesheim Cathedral by Serifert provides an ideal tonal palette captured with both clarity and majestic space. Winpenny is on excellent form and his performances are to be highly commended.” Choir & Organ, September 2017 *****

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Rutter: Psalmfest

Rutter: Psalmfest


Psalm 150

Tom Winpenny (organ)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Lord, thou hast been our refuge

Mike Allen (trumpet), Tom Winpenny (organ)

This is the day which the Lord hath made

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, St Albans Cathedral Choir and Abbey Girls Choir


World Première Recording

Elizabeth Cragg (soprano), Pascal Charbonneau (tenor)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, St Albans Cathedral Choir and Abbey Girls Choir

The psalms of David have been a source of inspiration to composers for centuries, each text forming a poetic shape the equivalent of a gothic arch, and expressing a broad range of timeless emotions. Recorded here for the first time in its complete form, John Rutter’s Psalmfest is a collection of nine settings for full orchestra as rich and varied as the original texts. The remaining psalm settings were written for special occasions, including the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011.

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We have had numerous successes with the work of John Rutter, including his Gloria (8572653) performed by almost exactly the same musical team as this première of the Psalmfest. Of the Gloria, Gramophone wrote that “Andrew Lucas’s St Albans choristers (particularly the girls and boys, united on the top line) are on sparkling form, with first-class support from organist Tom Winpenny and the Ensemble DeChorum who scrupulously adhere to every one of the score’s markings. More recordings from St Albans, please.” Added to this, considered it “a terrific performance… solid and recommendable…”

Gramophone acknowledges Rutter as “the man who has become the most popular British composer of choral music in recent years.”

Topped by a first class line-up of award-winning soloists and reinforced by the excellent Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, this release will be one of the main jewels in our choral and general catalogue for 2016.

Andrew Lucas has been Master of the Music at St Albans Cathedral and Music Director of St Albans Bach Choir since 1998, and was Artistic Director of the St Albans International Organ Festival from 1999 to 2007. Born in 1958, he studied at the Royal College of Music with John Birch and Herbert Howells and later with Peter Hurford and Piet Kee. Before 1998 he was Assistant Director of Music at St Paul’s Cathedral, London and a freelance musician, conductor, chorusmaster and keyboard continuo. He has made many recordings as an organist from St Paul’s and conducting at St Albans and has played concerts throughout the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States. This is his fourth recording for Naxos, the first as organ soloist (8550955) and the others conducting music by Rutter (8572653) and Mozart (8573092).

“‘O be joyful in the Lord’ sets the tone: the bright, chattering orchestration and chirpy syncopations are quintessential Rutter, and the rousingly fresh-toned response of the St Albans singers lifts the music vibrantly…[Rutter completists] are fortunate the job has been so professionally executed by the St Albans forces, and that the sound is warmly atmospheric” BBC Music Magazine, June 2016 ****

“The excellent singing of the St Albans Cathedral choirs combines brightness of sound with crystal-clear diction. The two soloists are also very good…[and] are well matched by the brilliant executed accompaniments of the RPO, whose splendid playing highlights Rutter’s colourful and glittering orchestration” Gramophone Magazine, July 2016

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Messiaen: L’Ascension

Messiaen: L’Ascension


L'Ascension (organ version)


Offrande au Saint Sacrement

Prélude pour orgue

Le Banquet Céleste

Apparition de l'Eglise Eternelle

Tom Winpenny (organ)

Olivier Messiaen’s early organ works helped establish him as a towering figure of 20th century music. L’Ascension is the most significant of these, with its solemn majesty, dazzling colours and near-static serenity and timelessness. These qualities were already present in Le Banquet céleste, Messiaen’s first published organ work, and in Apparition de l’Église éternelle – a powerful representation of the eternal church emerging and fading from view. The two works discovered posthumously in 1997, Prélude and Offrande au Saint-Sacrement, show the influence of Dupré and Tournemire. Tom Winpenny’s acclaimed recording of Messiaen’s La Nativité du Seigneur can be heard on Naxos 8573332.

“Winpenny delivers a fine performance and lets Messiaen’s intensely personal expression of faith speak through the music without getting in the way” Choir & Organ, August 2016 *****

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The Organ of St Albans Cathedral

The Organ of St Albans Cathedral

Bach, J S:

Prelude & Fugue in D major, BWV532


Trio Sonata


Organ Concerto No. 1 in G minor, HWV289, Op. 4 No. 1


Dialogues Nos. 1 & 2

Preston, S:



March for A History of the English Speaking Peoples


Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue

Tom Winpenny (organ)

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England My England

England My England


Psalm 67: God be merciful unto us, and bless us

Bourgeois, T-L:

All people that on earth do dwell

arr. Vaughan William

The Wallace Collection


Jubilate Deo in C major (1961)


Ave verum Corpus

Lustorum Animae


To be sung of a summer night on the water, No. 1


Lux aeterna

arr. John Cameron

Gardiner, H B:

Evening Hymn (Te lucis ante terminum)

Gibbons, O:

Hosanna to the son of David

Drop, drop, slow tears

Goodenough, R P:

Psalm 150: O praise God in his holiness

Goss, J:

Praise my soul, the King of Heaven

descant Cleobury

Psalm 23: The Lord is my shepherd


Coronation Anthem No. 1, HWV258 'Zadok the Priest'

Academy of Ancient Music

Messiah: Hallelujah Chorus

Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields

Harris, W:

Faire is the Heaven


I Vow to Thee, My Country


Greater love hath no man

Michael Pearce (treble) & Paul Robinson (bass)

Miller, E:

When I survey the wondrous Cross

arr Rutter

Monk, W H:

Abide with me



Psalm 84: O how amiable are thy dwellings

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind (Repton)

Thomas Bullard (baritone)

I was glad

Parsons, R:

Ave Maria


Come ye sons of art (Ode for Queen Mary's birthday, 1694), Z 323

David Hansen (alto)

Academy of Ancient Music

Thou know'st, Lord, Z 58c

David Blackadder, Phillip Bainbridge, Susan Addison & Stephen Saunders (flatt trumpets)


Pie Jesu (from Requiem)

Edward Saklatvala (treble)

City of London Sinfonia

Requiem - Requiem aeterna

City of London Sinfonia


The Day Thou gavest, Lord, is ended (St Clement)

arr Rutter


Beati quorum via, Op. 38 No. 3

Evening Service in G, Op. 81: Magnificat

Alastair Hussain (treble)


Spem in alium for eight five-part choirs '40-part Motet'

O nata lux de lumine 5vv

If ye love me


Song for Athene

Vaughan Williams:

Come down, O Love divine (Down Ampney)

Let all the world in every corner sing

English Chamber Orchestra

Mass in G minor – Kyrie

John Eaton (treble), Nigel Perrin (alto), Robin Doveton (tenor) & David van Asch (bass)


When David Heard

Thomas Williamson, Peter Stevens, Oliver Brett, James Lancelot, Benjamin Bayl, James Vivian, Tom Winpenny, Christopher Hughes (organ scholars)

Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Cambridge University Musical Society Chorus, New Philharmonia Orchestra & Band of the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall, Stephen Cleobury, Sir Philip Ledger & Sir David Willcocks

There is surely no more quintessentially English sound than that of the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, its unaccompanied voices – evocative of immemorial sandstone, of cool cloisters, of evensong in church, chapel and cathedral – serene in the music of Shakespeare’s contemporaries Byrd and Gibbons, ethereal in Delius heard of a summer’s night across the Backs of the River Cam.

No less iconic is the chapel that lends its unique acoustic to that sound. One of the glories of the English perpendicular style of architecture, it was eventually completed in 1547, a little over a century after the founding of the college itself by Henry VI.

This collection opens and closes with coronation music: Zadok the Priest was written for the crowning of George II in 1727, I was glad for that of Edward VII in 1902. Both were so successful that they have been sung at every coronation since their premières. Parry’s ‘processional anthem’ is heard here in its full panoply of extra brass and shouted Vivats, the choir of King’s choir providing the semi-chorus in the exquisite interlude ‘O pray for the peace of Jerusalem’.

In between are motets ancient and modern – from the miniature If ye love me and the architectural splendour of the 40-part Spem in alium to William Harris’s dramatic double-choir Spenser setting Faire is the Heaven; well-known psalms sung to Anglican chant; and favourite hymns, notably All people that on earth do dwell, arranged ceremonially for another coronation, that of Elizabeth II.

As well as national rejoicing there is solemn remembrance. Come ye sons of art away is Purcell’s 1694 birthday ode for Queen Mary, Thou knowest, Lord part of the music he wrote for her funeral just nine months later. John Ireland’s Greater love hath no man is often heard on Remembrance Sunday; Sir John Tavener’s Song for Athene made a powerful impression at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales; while John Rutter’s small-scale, personal Requiem touched a wider public following the attacks of 11 September 2001. But ‘Nimrod’ above all epitomises music of national remembrance. Here a choral setting of it, Lux aeterna, represents our ‘Shakespeare of music’, Edward Elgar.

“This anthology… is undeniably useful in gathering to one place these scattered gems of excellence, the more so the King's College performances guarantee a consistently high level of interpretation in repertoire they would regard as home territory.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2009 ****

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Joubert: Organ Music

Joubert: Organ Music


Reflections on a Martyrdom, Op. 141

Prelude on the Old Hundredth, Op. 15

Six Short Preludes on English Hymn Tunes, Op. 125

Prelude on ‘Picardy’, Op. 55

Prelude on ‘York’, Op. 152

Recessional, Op. 135

Passacaglia and Fugue, Op. 35

Tom Winpenny (organ of St Albans Cathedral)

John Joubert celebrates his 90th birthday on 20 March.

He was born in Cape Town in 1927 and settled in Britain after arriving as a student in in 1946 and has become a stalwart of British musical life.

His organ music, recorded here as part of the 90th-birthday celebrations, ranges from the miniature to the monumental.

It often reflects Bach’s influence, and always demonstrates the balance of craftsmanship and honesty of expression that has assured Joubert’s place in the affection of his audiences.

The booklet notes here are contributed by the composer himself and the organist, Tom Winpenny.

The recording was made on the mighty organ of St Alban’s Cathedral.

Tom Winpenny is Assistant Master of the Music at St Albans Cathedral. Previously, he was Sub-Organist at St Paul’s Cathedral, and during this time he performed for many major state occasions. He won First Prize and Audience Prize at the 2008 Miami International Organ Competition. Earlier in his career he held the post of Organ Scholar at Worcester Cathedral and then at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, before spending three years as Organ Scholar at King’s College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a degree in music. With the Choir of King’s College, he gave concerts in the USA, Hong Kong and throughout Europe. His previous recordings include an album of works by Malcolm Williamson (Toccata Classics TOCC0246).

“Reflections on a Martyrdom from 1997 [is] brilliantly played here by Tom Winpenny. Attractive preludes on English hymn tunes and a thundering Passacaglia and Fugue make this a must for any aficionado.” The Observer, 16th April 2017 ****

“what you would expect from a guide so consistently sympathetic, articulate and engaging” BBC Music Magazine, July 2017 ****

“The music is not only splendidly played but splendidly recorded too. Producer/engineer Andrew Post has done a fine job. The organ is beautifully recorded in the quiet passages and louder sections register thrillingly. This release is an important addition to the Joubert discography.” MusicWeb International, August 2017

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Malcolm Williamson: Organ Music

Malcolm Williamson: Organ Music


Peace Pieces

Résurgence du Feu

Epitaphs for Edith Sitwell

Little Carols of the Saints

Elegy - JFK

Fantasy on 'This is my Father's World'

Mass of a Medieval Saint

Tom Winpenny (organ)

One of Australia’s greatest composers, Malcolm Williamson settled in Britain and rose to the position of Master of the Queen’s Music in 1975. He was championed by a number of prominent musical figures and wrote in almost every genre. A skilled keyboard player and a Catholic convert, he wrote for the organ throughout his life and these works reveal his deep immersion in religious music, initially inspired by Messiaen. His instinct for dramatic bravura and colourful registrations can be heard in Résurgence du Feu (Pâques 1959) whilst the beautiful poetic miniatures Little Carols of the Saints reveal deeply human qualities, elements developed more substantially in Mass of a Medieval Saint. Elegy – JFK is fittingly sombre.

“This music is lucky to have such a conscientious advocate. Winpenny presents it all with clinical technical precision and close attention to textural detail, easily moving between moments of demanding virtuosity…and almost embarrassing naivety” Gramophone Magazine, December 2016

“Let's hope this is the first volume of a complete collection.” MusicWeb International, 19th October 2016

“These are very fine works from a composer of which we still do not hear enough. Tom Winpenny’s performances are impressive. He is very extremely well recorded and he provides some excellent booklet notes.” The Classical Reviewer, October 2016

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William Mathias: Choral Music

William Mathias: Choral Music


Ave Rex, Op. 45

Salvator mundi, Op. 89

An Admonition to Rulers

Peter Foggitt (piano), Michael Papadopoulos (organ & Piano) & Tom Winpenny (organ & conductor)

Orchestra Nova, St Albans Abbey Girls Choir, The Lay Clerks of St Albans Cathedral Choir

William Mathias was one of the foremost British composers of the 20th century and one of the very few of his generation from Wales who established an international reputation. The lively Christmas sequences Ave Rex and Salvator Mundi contrast with the splendour and tenderness of the rarely-performed anthem An Admonition to Rulers. Also included are the joyful Wassail Carol, the popular organ solo Toccata Giocosa, and première recordings of All thy works shall praise thee and The Lord’s Prayer – respectively the composer’s first and last choral works.

“The St. Albans Abbey Girls’ Choir proves to be an impressive choir who along with the Lay Clerks of St. Albans Cathedral Choir deliver some very fine performances. The recording from St. Albans Cathedral, Hertfordshire, England is first class” The Classical Reviewer, September 2016

“This is a fine introduction to Sergei Bortkiewicz’s piano music. The playing is impressive, technically assured and quite simply beautiful.” MusicWeb International, October 2016

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Le Poisson Magique: Organ Works by John McCabe

Le Poisson Magique: Organ Works by John McCabe

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Naxos December 2014 New Release Sampler

Naxos December 2014 New Release Sampler

Andrea Lauren Brown (soprano), Cornel Frey (tenor), Cesare Chiacchiaretta (bandoneon), Yoori Choi (keyboards), Jin Hyung Lim (keyboards), Voytek Proniewicz (violin), Wojciech Waleczek (piano), Kazunori Seo (flute), Makoto Ueno (piano), Junhong Kuang (guitar), Sang Woo Kang (piano), Tom Winpenny (organ), Nicky Spence (tenor), Andrew Matthews-Owen (piano)

Simon Mayr Ensemble, Český národní symfonický orchestr, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Komorní filharmonie Pardubice, Zagrebačka filharmonija, Illinois State University Wind Symphony, McGill Percussion Ensemble, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Franz Hauk, Marek Štilec, Peter Maxwell Davies, Miran Vaupotić, Daniel A. Belongia, Aiyun Huang, John Snashall

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