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Volume XVIII - Worcester

Label:

Regent

Catalogue No:

REGCD449

Discs:

1

Release date:

22nd Sept 2014

Barcode:

0802561044925

Medium:

CD
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Volume XVIII - Worcester


Alain:

Première Fantaisie

Deuxième Fantaisie

Bonnet:

In Memoriam - Titanic, Op. 10 No. 1

Bridge:

Minuet (from Three Pieces for Organ, H190)

Debussy:

Arabesques (2)

Distler, H:

30 Spielstücke für die Kleinorgel, Op. 18, No. 1: No. 1

30 Spielstücke für die Kleinorgel, Op. 18, No. 1: No. 2

30 Spielstücke für die Kleinorgel, Op. 18, No. 1: No. 3

30 Spielstücke für die Kleinorgel, Op. 18, No. 1: No. 4

Hunt, D:

Tomkins’ Trifle

Mathias:

Toccata Giocosa

Shostakovich:

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk: Passacaglia

Festive Overture, Op. 96

trans. Christopher Allsop

Somervell:

Air in C major

Tournemire:

Improvisation sur le ‘Te Deum’

Vierne, L:

Pièces de fantaisie, 2nd suite, Op. 53: No. 4, Feux follets


Christopher Allsop (organ)

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Vol XVIII in Regent’s popular ‘English Cathedral’ Series, features the 2008 Kenneth Tickell Quire organ at Worcester Cathedral.

Our second visit to Worcester in the ‘English Cathedral’ series, and our first solo organ disc on this magnificent new instrument.

Played by Christopher Allsop, Assistant Director of Music of Worcester Cathedral since 2004, in his dèbut solo organ recording.

The organ is put through its paces in a appealing, wide-ranging, and immensely colourful, programme of off-the-beaten track French, British, German and Russian music, including Christopher Allsop’s own transcription of Shostakovich’s riotous Festive Overture, a short piece by a former Director of Music at the Cathedral, Donald Hunt, Tomkins’ Trifle, in honour of his predecessor, Thomas Tomkins, and four delightful pieces by German composer, Hugo Distler.

In his final year at school Christopher Allsop held the Organ Scholarship at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, before spending a gap year as Organ Scholar at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. He then spent three years as Organ Scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge, reading Music.

After a year teaching for the University Music Faculty and Assistant Organist at Great St Mary's, Cambridge, Christopher moved to Birmingham in 1997 where he was Assistant Organist of the Cathedral and Organist of the Blue Coat School, Edgbaston. He also taught at Birmingham Conservatoire, and regularly played for various local choirs including Ex Cathedra and Birmingham Bach Choir. He was appointed Assistant Director of Music at Worcester Cathedral in 2004.

Gramophone Magazine

November 2014

“Both organ and organist reveal their finest qualities in the two Shostakovich pieces. The huge dynamic range of the famous Passacaglia is splendidly captured by the excellent Regent recording, while Allsop's own transcription of the Festive Overture combines impressive virtuosity with a richly colourful and at times brilliant organ sound.”

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