Elgar - Organ Works | Delphian DCD34162

Elgar - Organ Works

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Label: Delphian

Cat No: DCD34162

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 22nd April 2016

Contents

Works

Elgar, Edward

Enigma Variations, op.36
» Variation no.9 'Nimrod' (arr. W H Harris for organ)
Gavotte (transcr. by Edwin H Lemare for organ)
Organ Sonata no.1, op.28
The Kingdom, op.51
» Prelude (transcr. by A Herbert Brewer for organ)
Vesper Voluntaries, op.14

Artists

Benjamin Nicholas (organ)

Works

Elgar, Edward

Enigma Variations, op.36
» Variation no.9 'Nimrod' (arr. W H Harris for organ)
Gavotte (transcr. by Edwin H Lemare for organ)
Organ Sonata no.1, op.28
The Kingdom, op.51
» Prelude (transcr. by A Herbert Brewer for organ)
Vesper Voluntaries, op.14

Artists

Benjamin Nicholas (organ)

About

The first recording of Merton’s new Dobson organ – a mixed recital spanning repertoire from Bach and Stanley to Dupré and Messiaen – was designed to demonstrate the instrument’s considerable versatility. But behind the contemporary sophistication of its construction and design, this is essentially an English Romantic organ with a big, warm-hearted personality, securely grounded in the aesthetic traditions of the late nineteenth century, and this second recording highlights those qualities in music by the composer who pre-eminently shares them: Edward Elgar.

Benjamin Nicholas, Merton’s Reed Rubin Organist and Director of Music, here proves himself a fine Elgarian and an inventive programmer, coupling Elgar’s two original major works for the organ with three transcriptions – including a first outing on CD for the superb arrangement of the Prelude to The Kingdom made by Herbert Brewer, Elgar’s contemporary and the long-serving organist of Gloucester Cathedral.

Reviews

The big warm-hearted sound of the newly installed Dobson Organ of Merton College, Oxford compliments Benjamin Nicholas' spectacular virtuosity to the hilt... An unusual yet wholly recommended Elgar programme, in classy presentation and clear focused sound quality.  Gerald Fenech
Music & Vision 29 May 2016
Compelling readings... The recording is detailed with every nuance, every pianissimo and swell, warmly captured.  Benjamin Nicholas (Recording of the Month)
MusicWeb International June 2016

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