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Versus - The Garnier Organ

Versus - The Garnier Organ

Elgar Concert Hall - University of Birmingham


Bach, J S:

Toccata, Adagio & Fugue in C major, BWV564

Toccata in C major (Early version of BWV566)

Bruhns:

Chorale Fantasia on 'Nun Komm der Heiden Heiland'

Danksagmüller:

Five Verses on the Chorale Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott

Lauvig:

Via Crucis

Schumann:

Four Sketches, Op. 58


Henry Fairs plays on ‘Chair’ (Mitteltönigeswerk) organ

The first recording of the new Garnier organ in the Elgar Concert Hall at Birmingham University played by the organ's curator, and international concert organist, Henry Fairs. Featuring music by JS Bach, Bruhns, Schumann, Danksagmüller, and Lauvik, this wide-ranging programme of music from the 17th to 21st centuries exploits the full tonal resources of this wonderful instrument, which is a major contribution to Birmingham's centre of excellence in organ performing and teaching.

Effectively two separate instruments the player turns round to play the 'Chair' organ. This is exploited in Franz Danksagmüller's new work 'Versus' (Latin: turned), commissioned for the opening recital in November 2014, and forming the centre-piece of this symmetrical programme which begins and ends with major works in C major by JS Bach played on the larger instrument.

Henry Fairs is Head of Organ Studies at Birmingham Conservatoire, Organist to the University of Birmingham and Honorary Professor of Organ at the University of St Andrews. He has won ten prizes in international organ competitions, and appeared in festivals throughout Europe and in North America, Canada, Russia and Japan, performing solo recitals, broadcasts and concertos on both historic and modern instruments. He is regularly invited to serve as a jury member, examiner, guest tutor and speaker. His students include a number of prize-winners in international competitions. Henry was closely involved with the recent installation of the Garnier organ and will be responsible for commissioning a number of new instruments at Birmingham Conservatoire's new home over the coming years.

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Belgian Choral Works

Belgian Choral Works


Franck, C:

Panis Angelicus

Jongen:

Messe en l’honneur du Saint-Sacrement, Op. 130

Chant de mai, Op 53 No 1

Peeters:

Missa Festiva, Op. 62

Aria for organ, Op. 51a


Lichfield Cathedral Choir and Lichfield Cathedral Chamber Choir, Philip Scriven

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Sublime Discourses

Sublime Discourses

The Complete Instrumental Music of John Milton and Martin Peerson


Milton:

Fantazia 1 (G minor) a 5 (M 16)

Fantazia 3 (G major) a 5 (M 18)

Fantazia 2 (A minor) a 5 (M 17)

In Nomine, If that a sinner’s sighs (M 15)

Fantazia 4 (D minor) a 5 (M 19)

Fantazia 5 (A minor) a 6 (M 20)

Peerson:

Fantasia Acquaintance (G minor) a 6 (P III/2)

Almaine (G minor) a 6 (P III/U3)

Fantasia Beauty (G major) a 6 (P III/4)

Almaine (G major) a 6 (P III/5)

Piper's Pavan

Fantasia Chowse (D major and minor) a 6 (P III/6)

Almaine (G major) a 6 (P III/7)

Fantasia Delicate (D minor) a 6 (P III/8)

Almaine (G major) a 6 (P III/9)

Alman (P VI/1)

Fantasia (D minor) a 6 (P III/10)

Almaine (D major) a 6 (P III/11)

Fantasia Attendite a 5 (P III/1)

The Fall of the Leafe

The Primerose (P VI/4)

Fantasia (D minor) a 6 (P III/15)

Fantasia (G major) a 6 (P III/12)

Almaine (G major) a 6 (P III/13)

Almaine (G major) a 6 (P III/14)

Numbering from the new edition by Professor Richard Rastall of the complete works of Martin Peerson and John Milton.


Michael Chance (countertenor) & Sophie Yates (virginals)

Fretwork

A major new release from 2009 Gramophone Award-winning artists, FRETWORK.

With additional contributions from Michael Chance and Sophie Yates.

The first recording of the complete instrumental music of two unjustly neglected 17th century English composers, Martin Peerson and John Milton (father of the poet).

Includes all the works for viol consort, all the solo keyboard works and the single song with viol consort accompaniment.

23 of the 25 items are new to the catalogue.

A significant and invaluable contribution to the discography of 17th century English music in incomparable performances from some of the world’s finest artists in this field.

Sadly this was one of the final recordings that Richard Campbell made with Fretwork before his death in March 2011.

“Fretwork here unveils some obscure but engaging works from the golden age of English consort...Fretwork responds with playing that ranges from buoyant and capricious to episodes of high seriousness. Throughout, we hear the flawless technique and luminous sound that have helped to establish Fretwork's reputation as one of today's leading viol consorts.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2012 *****

“This apt album title never seems far away during these exquisitely conceived performances of 20 consort pieces in five or six parts. Fretwork play with gentle mastery of affect...Sophie Yates exercises her beguiling touch in four keyboard pieces by Peerson...The generation of composers active in the years prior to the English Civil War is somewhat forgotten, so this harmonious match of Rastall's scholarly research and Fretwork's fine musicianship is priceless.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2012

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French Flavours

French Flavours


Berlioz:

La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24: Rákóczi March

trans WT Best

Briggs:

Variations on Greensleeves

Dupré:

Esquisse No. 1 in E Minor Op. 41 No. 2

Esquisse No. 2 in B Flat Minor Op. 41 No. 3

Hakim:

Ouverture Libanaise

Hendrie:

Toccata and Fugue in F sharp minor

from Le Tombeau de Marcel Dupré

Litaize:

Scherzo

Prokofiev:

The Love for Three Oranges: March

trans Jean Guillou

Purcell:

Trumpet Tune

arr Dupré

Ravel:

Daphnis et Chloé - Suite No. 2

trans David Briggs

Reuchsel:

Nuages ensoleillés sur le Cap Nègre (from Promenades en Provence)


Paul Carr (Organ of St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham)

The first solo recording of the magnificent Walker organ in St Chad’s Cathedral, played by Birmingham-based organist, Paul Carr, in his début recording.

A brilliantly-colourful programme of French and French-inspired works, chosen to match the distinctively-Gallic character of the St Chad’s organ.

Includes many works new to the catalogue.

A must-hear recording of this wonderful recently-built organ, and some little-known new works.

“Paul Carr shows himself to be an imaginative player with an ear for colour. In Dupre's Deux esquisses he has all the virtuosity required.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2013 ***

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Thomas Trotter: A Shropshire Idyll

Thomas Trotter: A Shropshire Idyll


anon.:

Three Dances

Boyce:

Voluntary I

Elgar:

Organ Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 28

Handel:

Organ Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, HWV290, Op. 4 No. 2

arr. Thomas Trotter

Nyman:

Fourths, Mostly

Walton:

Crown Imperial

Wesley, S S:

Holsworthy Church Bells

played on the carillon of St Laurence Church


DVD/CD set

Thomas Trotter, one of the world’s greatest organists, presents a programme of music to mark the 250th anniversary of the organ in St Laurence’s Church, Ludlow – the church where the ashes of A E Housman, writer of A Shropshire Lad, are buried.

A specially-tailored programme to showcase the historic stops by Snetzler, as well as the more recent additions in the 19th and 20th centuries. The performance includes Elgar’s monumental Sonata in G, op 28, and a stunning demonstration of supreme virtuosity in Nyman’s Fourths, Mostly, written for Thomas Trotter. The DVD features a performance video of the programme including footage of the church, Ludlow, and the surrounding countryside, and the music is accompanied by quotations from the works of A E Housman.

In extra features Thomas Trotter talks about the music he performs on the recording, and Shaun Ward, Director of Music at St Laurence’s Church, gives a tour of the organ.

An audio CD of the performance programme is also included.

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Volume X - Truro

Volume X - Truro


Bach, J S:

Fantasia & Fugue in G minor, BWV542 'Great'

Dupré:

Prelude & Fugue in B major, Op. 7 No. 1

Elgar:

Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D major, Op. 39 No. 1

(arr. Edwin Lemare)

Howells:

Psalm-Preludes Set 1, Op. 32: No. 3

Saraband (In Modo Elegiaco) No 5 of Six Pieces

Langlais:

Incantation pour un Jour Saint

Chant de Paix (from Neuf Pièces)

Fête

Spicer:

Fanfares for Chad

Elegy In Memoriam H W S

The Martydom of St Oswald

Widor:

Andante sostenuto (2nd movement from Symphonie Gothique, Op 70)


Robert Sharpe (organ)

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Peerson: A Treatie of Humane Love - Mottects or Grave Chamber Musique (1630)

Peerson: A Treatie of Humane Love - Mottects or Grave Chamber Musique (1630)


James Johnstone (organ)

I Fagiolini, Fretwork

Following on from Fretwork’s acclaimed release on Regent of Sublime Discourses (REGCD341), which featured the complete instrumental music of John Milton and Martin Peerson, I Fagiolini and Fretwork come together with organist James Johnstone for the première recording of Peerson’s A Treatie of Humane Love.

Newly edited by Richard Rastall, this collection of song settings of poetry by Sir Fulke Greville, focusses predominantly on the subject of love, making it an ideal counterpoint to St Valentine’s Day.

Martin Peerson (c1572–1651) has been known since the mid-20th century as an engaging and very performable composer with a highly individual voice; but in his own time he was much respected and published, perhaps the most able of those composers who were not in royal service.

This release is a major contribution to the discography of 17th century English music in incomparable performances from some of the world’s finest artists in the field.

“Fretwork’s musical mastery and I Fagiolini’s trademark incandescent sound are perfectly married in this repertoire…[the directors carry] the music from profundity to gentle humour, spotlighting varied textures and accents within these often-characterful vignettes…from the subtle colours of James Johnstone’s continuo tapestry to sumptuous low vocal notes, the clarity of recording is exceptional” BBC Music Magazine, April 2017 ****

“This sacred chamber music, mini sermons set for voices and viols, is persuasively presented by I Fagiolini and Fretwork, past masters at this kind of thing, with exquisitely detailed word-painting, authentic pronunciation, characterful delivery, and phrasing of the greatest delicacy – what a find!” Choir & Organ, May 2017

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Requiem – A thanksgiving for life

Requiem – A thanksgiving for life

Choral works by Sir Philip Ledger


Ledger:

Requiem (A thanksgiving for life)

Adam Lay Ybounden

Advent Calendar

A spotless rose

Jesus Christ the apple tree

In the bleak mid-winter

Lie still and slumber (Two lullabies for Christmas)

Good Christian men, rejoice

If ye love me

Loving Shepherd of thy sheep

Do not stand at my grave and weep

O Master, let me walk with Thee

Christ’s journey

This joyful Eastertide


Sir Philip Ledger – one of the most distinguished living British musicians - former Director of Music at King’s College, Cambridge, Principal of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music, world-renowned accompanist, conductor and composer.

The first recording entirely devoted to his beautiful compositions.

Includes anthems, carols and his most major work to date: Requiem – A thanksgiving for life.

Tuneful, easily-accessible music, which is rapidly gaining immense popularity on both sides of the Atlantic with both amateur and professional choirs.

Performed by the critically-acclaimed Choir of Christ’s College, Cambridge, conducted by the composer and their Director of Music, David Rowland.

“The miniatures on this recording are… nearly all original compositions and are refreshingly unostentatious in their simplicity and careful craftsmanship.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2010

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Songs of Innocence and of Experience

Songs of Innocence and of Experience

Music by Gary Higginson


Higginson:

Seven Songs of William Blake [Set 1], Op. 33

The Chapel Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge

Motet: Et omnes eandem escam spiritualem ederunt, Op. 130

The Chapel Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge

Six Birds, Op. 161

Danielle Perrett (harp)

Ely Cathedral Girls’ Choir

Two Studies for solo harp

Danielle Perrett (harp)

Songs with harp

Charlotte de Rothschild (soprano) & Danielle Perrett (harp)

Lead kindly light (from Requiem), Op. 111

The Chapel Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge

A song of joy, Op. 165, No. 2

Charlotte de Rothschild (soprano), Danielle Perrett (harp)

Ely Cathedral Girls’ Choir & The Chapel Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge

A last confession, Op. 137, No. 2

The Chapel Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge

Seven Songs of William Blake [Set 2], Op. 55

The Chapel Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge


Sarah MacDonald

The first recording of music by British composer, Gary Higginson.

Born in 1952, Gary Higginson trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under Edmund Rubbra, Patric Standford, Buxton Orr and Alfred Nieman. Later, whilst a student at Birmingham University, he continued composition studies under John Joubert.

This collection features a varied selection of his beguiling vocal music, both sacred and secular, together with pieces for solo harp, and include Higginson’s two dramatic cycles of choral songs based on texts by William Blake.

The artists on the recording are internationally-renowned soprano, Charlotte de Rothschild, harpist Danielle Perrett, and two acclaimed choirs: the Ely Cathedral Girls’ Choir and the Chapel Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge, directed by Sarah MacDonald.

All works are new to the catalogue.

“There are only thirteen singers in the Ely Cathedral Girls' Choir but, my goodness, they make a nice sound! Here, the ensemble is pretty flawless and the sound these young singers make is keen, fresh and crystal-clear...There is some very well crafted and appealing music on this disc...Collectors who are interested in English choral music will find much to reward them here.” MusicWeb International, 8th May 2013

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Volume XIV - Southwell

Volume XIV - Southwell


Cook, John:

Fanfare

Couperin, F:

Messe à l'usages des Couvents

Karg-Elert:

Homage to Handel, Op. 75 No. 2

Liszt:

Orpheus for organ


Paul Hale (organ)

“A label whose organ recordings are consistently amongst the finest emerging today” International Record Review, January 2008

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