Freak Out: Extraordinary Music for Organ | Regent Records REGCD540

Freak Out: Extraordinary Music for Organ


Label: Regent Records

Cat No: REGCD540

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Expected Release Date: 25th June 2021



This is a very loud CD (mostly), and not for the faint-hearted!

An extraordinary collection of extraordinarily virtuoso British and American works for organ from the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries, played by one of the world’s foremost exponents of contemporary organ music, Tom Bell.

The recording takes its title ‘Freak out’ from one of the performance instructions in William Bolcom’s unique work for organ, percussion (including kit), and electronic tape Black Host. This instruction, together with others, including ‘Go Ape’, and ‘Detonate’, are words not usually found in the world of organ music!

In addition to this ground-breaking extravaganza and another, more ‘traditional’ organ Fantasia by Bolcom, the programme includes major works by James MacMillan, Giles Swayne, and Peter Maxwell Davies - all well-established in the contemporary repertoire. There are first recordings of (quiet) works by British composers, John Furse and Derek Foster, and the late, American composer, Stephen Paulus.

Recorded in the vast acoustic of the Royal Hospital School Chapel, Holbrook, from the first note to the last this is a musical and aural experience to excite, delight, and challenge!

‘...brilliantly played ...’
– American Record Guide (REGCD409)

‘This is a marvellous recording, full of light, from a charismatic and virtuosic musician.’ – Organists’ Review (REGCD409)

‘Bell is a brilliant player...’ – American Record Guide (REGCD484)

‘... totally sublime ...’ – Organists’ Review (REGCD484)

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