Variations on America

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Variations on America



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(CHAN 10489)



Release date:

27th April 2009




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Variations on America


Wondrous Love Op.34

Prelude and Fugue in B minor


Preamble (For a Solemn Occasion)

Cowell, H:

Hymn and Fuguing Tune No. 14

Ives, C:

Variations on 'America'

Fugue in C minor

Fugue in E flat

Adeste Fideles in an Organ Prelude



Still, W G:


Iain Quinn (organ of Coventry Cathedral)


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Variations on America presents a programme that includes both the well-known works of the American organ repertoire alongside pieces that are welcome discoveries for the listener.

Copland’s The Preamble (For a Solemn Occasion) and Charles Ives’s Variations on America are two large works that are well known in the organ repertoire. Ives’ Variations on America is accompanied by two fugues which here receive their first recording and Organ Prelude on Adeste Fidelis, in many respects quintessential Ives. The disc is completed by several world premieres including Cowell’s Hymn and Fuguing Tune No.14, Barber’s Prelude and Fugue in B minor and Stephen Paulus’s Triptypch.

Iain Quinn’s previous recordings for Chandos have been well received. The Welsh organist, choral director and composer now resides in the US as Director of Cathedral Music and Organist at the Cathedral Church of St John in Albuquerque, New Mexico and he now turns his attention to the organ music of America.

This recording from Coventry Cathedral should prove a fascinating and rewarding collection.

Aaron Copland: Preamble for a Solemn Occasion (version for organ)

Preamble for a Solemn Occasion (version for organ)

Charles Ives: Variations on America

Variations on America

Charles Ives: Adeste Fideles in an Organ Prelude

Adeste Fideles in an Organ Prelude

Charles Ives: Fugue in E flat major

Fugue in E flat major

Charles Ives: Fugue in C minor

Fugue in C minor

Henry Cowell: Hymn and Fuguing Tune No. 14

Hymn and Fuguing Tune No. 14

William Grant Still: Reverie


Samuel Barber: Prelude and Fugue in B minor

Prelude: Andante, quasi adagio

Fugue: Andante con moto - Adagio

Samuel Barber: Wondrous Love, Op. 34

Wondrous Love, Op. 34

Stephen Paulus: Triptych

I. Like an Ever-rolling Stream

II. Still Be My Vision

III. As if the Whole Creation Cried

BBC Music Magazine

July 2009


“The American-based British organist covers 100 years of music by some important composers. Well-known Ives gives the disc its title, but the Barber and Cowell are much less familiar, and Paulus gives scope for virtuosity.”

Gramophone Magazine

August 2009

“The conservative restraint of most of this intriguing collection is blown away by the rhythmic energy of the outer movements of Stephen Paulus's Triptych. Iain Quinn is scrupulous throughout but deserved the chance to show off - and so did the Coventry Cathedral organ.”

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