Kenneth Leighton - Complete Organ Works | Resonus Classics RES10178

Kenneth Leighton - Complete Organ Works

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Label: Resonus Classics

Cat No: RES10178

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 3

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 27th January 2017



Resonus Classics is proud to present a major new recording of the complete organ works of the British twentieth-century composer Kenneth Leighton (1929–1988).

With vivid interpretations, acclaimed organ virtuoso Stephen Farr breathes new life into this highly significant part of the composer’s output in this three-disc set that includes all of his collaborative works for the instrument as well as Leighton’s only work for solo harpsichord.

Joining Farr for this comprehensive survey are John Butt (organ), Chloë Hanslip (violin) and Nicky Spence (tenor).


Stephen Farr’s Leighton odyssey is an ear-opener... Most of all... it’s down to Farr’s unswerving authority, scrupulous phrasing and rhythmic flair – at one alert, incisive yet fluid. He lavishes as much care on lesser works such as the Festival Fanfare as on the tri-partite Et Resurrexit which follows, its long-term architecture moulded with flawless pacing an cumulative acuity.  Paul Riley (Instrumental Choice)
BBC Music Magazine April 2017
This is a major achievement. ... Highlights are too numerous to mention, but especially interesting are Martyrs, an organ duet (with John Butt), Leighton’s epic expansion on a simple Scottish psalm tune; his Missa de Gloria, a powerful exploration of plainchant, which evokes and outshines Duruflé; and the Fantasy on a Chorale (Es ist genug), a fascinating combination of violin and organ.  Stephen Pritchard
The Observer 29 January 2017

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