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Naji Hakim - Plays the organ of Glenalmond College

Naji Hakim - Plays the organ of Glenalmond College
ID: SIGCD130
Disk: 1
Type: CD
Kolekce: Organ CollectionPodkolekce: Organ

The World Premier recording of two of Naji Hakim’s late st works entitled Sakskøbing Præludier and Glenalmond Suite are performed by the composer himself in this fantastic collection of organ works.

Hakim arranged this programme to articulate the timbres of the new 26 stop organ at Glenalmond College, including works by Grigny, Boëllmann and Franck as well as opening with Te Deum, one of the most famous pieces by Jean Langlais.

Artist Note:
I chose the repertoire for the opening recital of the Glenalmond College instrument having in mind the stylistic flexibility and great elegance of Harrison & Harrison organs. As 2007 was the centenary year of my master and friend Jean Langlais, I decided to open the programme with one of his most famous pieces - Te Deum - on the Tutti of the organ, followed by works of Grigny, Boëllmann and Franck, articulating the programme to put in relief the colours of the instrument, such as mutations, flutes, voix céleste, foundations and reeds. The Sakskøbing Præludier, based on Danish hymns, are the prolongation of my credo, and, along with the Glenalmond Suite, are recorded here for the very first time.
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Royal Albert Hall - Organ Restored - Simon Preston

Royal Albert Hall - Organ Restored - Simon Preston
ID: SIGCD084
Disk: 1
Type: CD
Kolekce: Organ CollectionPodkolekce: Organ

Since the Royal Albert Hall organ was inaugurated by W.T.Best, the most famous performer of his day, in the presence of Queen Victoria on the 29th March 1871, it seems appropriate to begin this programme with one of Best’s own organ transcriptions: the Overture to Mendelssohn’s Oratorio St. Paul. Mendelssohn’s own performances of Bach on the organ in St. Paul’s Cathedral and elsewhere during the 1830s had been wildly acclaimed by the crowds who came to hear him and Best took full advantage of the enormous surge in interest in performances of music arranged for the organ. After the Mendelssohn Overture it is but a short step to the symphonic nature of Schumann’s Six Fugues on the name B-A-C-H, to which the wide dynamic range and sonic possibilities of the Albert Hall organ are ideally matched.

In the Bolcom Fantasia, the composer fuses a modern compositional idiom with two Southern Spirituals, breathing new life into both forms with shattering effect; in a way the same thing has happened to the Albert Hall organ, and with modern blowers for the bellows taking the place of the original steam engines of 1871, it certainly has enough wind now to cope with most contingencies - as you will hear.

In America the traditions of theatre organ playing are still kept very much alive. As a child I remember playing two very old records over and over again on a wind-up portable gramophone - the sort that had wooden needles which you had to keep sharpening.

The first was George Thalben-Ball playing The Ride of the Valkyries on the Alexandra Palace organ, and the other - equally favourite - was Quentin MacLean playing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue on the organ in the Odeon Marble Arch. At the age of five I could not work out how Quentin MacLean did the opening glissando in Rhapsody in Blue; apparently he used the Siren stop - useful for Cops and Robbers chases in the silent movies - switched the organ on and, when the wind went into the bellows, it produced this very smooth glissando up to the top E flat!

Joseph Jongen and Siegfrid Karg-Elert were near contemporaries, and although generally regarded as organ composers, both were prolific in other forms: symphonic music, choral and chamber music and even opera. Jongen’s music is most fastidiously composed and the architectural shape and grandeur of the Sonata Eroďca is in wonderful contrast to the quite unexpected delicacy of Karg-Elert’s Valse Mignonne; here the extremely discerning listener may pick up some unexpected sounds of the gentler percussion stops on the enclosed Solo division of the Albert Hall organ.

Simon Preston, 2006
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The Organ of Buckingham Palace Ballroom - Joseph Nolan

The Organ of Buckingham Palace Ballroom - Joseph Nolan
ID: SIGCD114
Disk: 1
Type: CD
Kolekce: Organ CollectionPodkolekce: Organ

Following the success of Joseph Nolan’s appearance in Music for the Coronation of James II (SIGCD094), he returns to Signum with a solo disc of organ music, capturing music from some of the finest composers of the instrument. With J.S. Bach’s famous Passacaglia in C Minor to Noel Rawsthorne’s Dance Suite, (with inspiration from Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance) this disc certainly pushes the boundaries of organ music.

Fresh from a tour of the USA in 2007, Nolan has found international recognition as well as his commitments as organist at Her Majesty’s Chapels Royal where he was appointed in 2004.
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The Organ of Saint Sulpice Paris - Joseph Nolan

The Organ of Saint Sulpice Paris - Joseph Nolan
ID: SIGCD167
Disk: 1
Type: CD
Kolekce: Organ CollectionPodkolekce: Organ

The Organ of Saint Sulpice, Paris, is widely considered to be a prime example of the pinnacle of 19th-Century French organ building. Joseph Nolan expertly demonstrates the full capabilities of this mighty organ with this programme of Romantic organ music, performing favourite works by Boëllmann, Elgar, Liszt and Thalben-Ball.

This disc is a follow-up to last year’s well-received performance by Joseph Nolan on The Organ of Buckingham Palace (SIGCD114)

"Nolan not only draws real sparkle from the instrument, using its unprepossessing resources to amazing effect, but turns out a magisterial account of the sonata’s first movement [Sonata No. 3 in A, Mendelssohn]" Gramophone Magazine
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The English Organ Sonata - 1937

The English Organ Sonata - 1937
ID: SIGCD508
Disk: 1
Type: CD
Kolekce: Organ CollectionPodkolekce: Organ

The year 1937 was surely one of the richest years of the 20th century for the English organ repertoire. That peculiarly English genre the organ sonata gained two new major works with the publication of Percy Whitlock's sonata in C minor and Edward Bairstow's sonata in Eb.

Percy Whitlock studied composition at the Royal College of Music with Vaughan Williams. His C-minor organ sonata was conceived whilst laid low with illness and dependent upon the radio, where he was thrilled to hear a broadcast of Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony in C minor. Then during a period of convalescence, Whitlock enjoyed a series of country walks which sowed the seeds of the second and third movements of his sonata. The sonata is a brooding work of symphonic scale and complexity. In it, the organ is treated very much as an orchestra, requiring the player to be more than usually adroit at manipulating the stops to achieve specific tone-colours. The sonata is recognised as the finest of the very good, light, British organ pieces that exist (with most of the others being by Whitlock anyway).

In the 1930s Sir Edward Bairstow was Professor of Music at the University of Durham and had not written for the organ since 1911, chiefly concentrating instead on the composition of choral works. A nationally recognised academic, he came to regard some of his earlier organ works as somewhat sentimental but he had never the less had a yearning to write an organ sonata. By giving the work slow and quiet outer movements which rise in the middle, and a bright, strong central one, Bairstow inverts the usual pattern. He establishes the overall mood as quiet and introverted, suiting his love of restraint.

The disc concludes on an upbeat note with the arresting Flourish for an Occasion from the pen of Sir William Harris, organist of St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. St George's is the home of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, and the occasion for which this piece was composed was the annual Garter service of 1947.
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Set Me As A Seal Upon Your Heart - Tawil - Kuzma - Hakim

Set Me As A Seal Upon Your Heart - Tawil - Kuzma - Hakim
ID: SIGCD245
Disk: 1
Type: CD
Kolekce: Organ CollectionPodkolekce: Voice and Organ

Naji Hakim has established himself as a performer and composer whose works are indelibly tied to his Christian faith. Recognized with a papal medal for his activities, these pieces are drawn from the span of his compositional career, combining organ music with string quartet and solo soprano.
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The Organ of Westminster Abbey - Music by Edward Elgar

The Organ of Westminster Abbey - Music by Edward Elgar
ID: SIGCD266
Disk: 1
Type: CD
Kolekce: Organ CollectionPodkolekce: Organ

Robert Quinney performs a stunning recital of works by Elgar on the organ of Westminster Abbey. Quinney has been Sub-Organist there since 2004, performing for a variety of celebrated occasions including the Royal Wedding in April this year.
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Schnitger - Giusti - Johan Brouwer

Schnitger - Giusti - Johan Brouwer
ID: ACDBO063-2
Disk: 1
Type: CD
Kolekce: Baroque

There are a number of recordings of the choral partita ‘Ach wie nichtig, ach wie flüchtig’ by Georg Böhm (1666-1733), including one on the great Arp Schnitger city organ in Hamburg (1693), 57 voices, beautifully played by Stef Tuinstra. The version heard here is played on Arp Schnitger’s smallest organ positiv, 8 voices, but it offers enough variation to register the 8 variations in a diverse manner. The suite in A Minor ‘Melpomene’ by Johann Kaspar Ferdinand Fischer (1665-1746) is taken from his Musikalischer Parnassus (1738). Melpomene was the muse of song and tragedy. The stylised dances are a slow Allemande, the fast Passepied, a Rondeau, alternately a refrain and a verse, a Chaconne, variations based on a descending series of 4 tones and finally a fast Gigue. The Fantasia on the hexachord Vt Re Mi Fa Sol La by Johann Jakob Froberger (1616-1667) was already a famous work during his lifetime., Athenasius Kirchner mentions the work in his Masurgia (1646) and it was published in an autograph in 1649. The seven parts of the work bring the hexachord in various rhythms and with various second voices. In the sixth and seventh parts he adds chromatic tones, thus deftly exploiting the meantone temperament in the strong effect of dissonants and consonants. A true masterpiece. Johann Jakob Froberger (1616-1667) wrote the Tombeau on the death of the lute player Blancheroche in Paris and added the following remark: ‘fait à Paris sur la mort de Monsieur Blancheroche: lequel se joue fort lentement à la discretion sans observer aucune mesure.’ The improvisational character of the piece strongly resembles the Preludes non mésuree by Louis Couperin, whom Froberger met in Paris in 1652. A striking feature of this work is its exploitation of the meantone temperament, e.g. Froberger twice prescribes a D flat for where a C sharp is tuned, using the dissonant here as an expressive device. The Preludium is one of the great free forms in keyboard music. Of Hans Kotter (1485-1541) we hear an early example, here called Proömium in re. Kotter was a pupil of Paulus Hofhaymer, the most important ‘Organistenmacher’ of the 16th century, just as Sweelinck was in the 17th century. The original of the Giusti instrument is now in the Tagliavini collection in Bologna/Italy.
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Percy Whitlock - Organ Sonata In C Minor - Greg Morris, organ

Percy Whitlock - Organ Sonata In C Minor - Greg Morris, organ
ID: SIGCD379
Disk: 1
Type: CD
Kolekce: Organ CollectionPodkolekce: Organ

Alain:
Litanies, AWV100
Dupré:
Cortège et Litanie, Op. 19 No. 2
Franck, C:
Choral No. 3 in A minor, M. 40
Whitlock:
Organ Sonata in C minor

The first release from the restored organ of the famed Temple Church, London. Performed by associate Organist of the church Greg Morris, the programme includes several highlights of the organ repertoire, centred around Percy Whitlock’s stunning Organ Sonata.

Greg Morris is Associate Organist of the Temple Church in London and Musical Director of Collegium Musicum of London. An acclaimed solo recitalist and recording artist, he is known for his exciting and revealing interpretations of a wide repertoire but has a particular bias towards the music of J.S. Bach and 20th-century French and English composers. He gave the world première of David Briggs’ Organ Concerto and subsequently recorded the work with the Northern Chamber Orchestra. This is his third CD for Signum.
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Hakim Plays Hakim - The Schuke Organ of the Palacio Euskalduna of Bilbao, Vol.1

Hakim Plays Hakim - The Schuke Organ of the Palacio Euskalduna of Bilbao, Vol.1
ID: SIGCD389
Disk: 1
Type: CD
Kolekce: Organ CollectionPodkolekce: Organ

Hakim:
Toccata
Petite Suite
Die Apostel for organ duet
Ave Maria (Fantasy on a lied by Franz Schubert)
Hommage à Jean Langlais
Esquisses Gregoriennes
Arabesques

Naji Hakim and Marie-Bernadette Dufourcet (organ)

Naji Hakim returns to disc on Signum with a new and powerful collection of his own organ works. Hakim is joined by Marie-Bernadette Dufource for the central piece of the programme, a set of meditation for two organists inspired by Lucas Cranach the Elder's woodcuts of the Apostles.
Completed in 2000, the Schuke Organ of the Palacio Euskalduna is housed in a magnificent concert hall of wood and steel - itself inspired by the Euskulduna shipyards that once occupied the area. A modern instrument, it is well-suited to the nuanced voicings of modern organ compositions, as a well as being sympathetic and adaptable to the great works of the past.
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