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Organ Collection, page 26

   Found CDs: 297
 

Hakim plays Hakim - The van den Heuvel Organ of the Danish Radio

Hakim plays Hakim - The van den Heuvel Organ of the Danish Radio
ID: SIGCD222
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Organ Collection
Subcollection: Organ

Naji Hakim returns to Signum with this collection of his own works for organ.

As both an organist and a composer, Lebanese-born Naji Hakim has distinguished himself as one of the most active artists of his generation. A virtuosic performer, who succeeded Olivier Messiaen as organist at l'église de la Trinité in Paris, many of his works draw on his own Christian beliefs (in 2007 he was honoured with a Papal award for his services to the church). The works are recorded on the new van den Heuvel organ of the Danish Radio Concert Hall, Copenhagen (opened in 2009).

Praise for Naji's last disc on Signum (The Organ of Glenalmond College, SIGCD130):
“For all that one is used to Hakimʼs coruscating brilliance, the sheer technical skill and white-hot intensity of the Hakim imagination in blending these dirge-like themes into music left this Scotsman duly open mouthed.”
Grame Kay, Choir & Organ Magazine, December 2008
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Naji Hakim - Plays the organ of Glenalmond College

Naji Hakim - Plays the organ of Glenalmond College
ID: SIGCD130
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Organ Collection
Subcollection: 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
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Organ Collection
Subcollection: 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
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Organ Collection
Subcollection: 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
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Organ Collection
Subcollection: 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
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Organ Collection
Subcollection: 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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Oliver MESSIAN - Pierre PINCEMAILLE (Paris / Saint-Denis)

Oliver MESSIAN - Pierre PINCEMAILLE (Paris / Saint-Denis)
ID: IFO00318_19
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Organ Collection
Subcollection: Organ

Pierre Pincemaille / Bernard Dargassies-Orgeln Saint-Eloi de Dunkerque
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Romances songs paroles ... - Daniel Roth, organ - Vincent Roth, viola

Romances songs paroles ... - Daniel Roth, organ - Vincent Roth, viola
ID: IFO07002
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Organ

Daniel Roth (Cavaillé-Coll-Orgel St. Bernhard, Mainz-Bretzenheim)
Vincent Roth (Viola)
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Louis Vierne - Das Gesamtwerk für Orgel - Vol. 1, 2 - Wolfgang Rübsam, organ

Louis Vierne - Das Gesamtwerk für Orgel - Vol. 1, 2 - Wolfgang Rübsam, organ
ID: IFO00901_2
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Organ Collection
Subcollection: Organ

CD 1: 1ère Symphonie in d-Moll, op.14; 24 Pièces en style libre, op. 31; Premier Livre
CD 2: 2ème Symphonie in e-Moll, op.20; 3ème Symphonie in fis-Moll, op.28; Tryptique, op.58

Instrumente:
A. Cavaillé-Coll-Orgel (1880), Saint-Francois-de-Sales (Lyon)
A. Cavaillé-Coll-Orgel (1894), St. Antoine (Paris)
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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
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Organ Collection
Subcollection: 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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