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Laus Deo: Celebrating 50 Years of Blackburn Cathedral Organ | Regent Records REGCD561

Laus Deo: Celebrating 50 Years of Blackburn Cathedral Organ

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Label: Regent Records

Cat No: REGCD561

Barcode: 0802561056126

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 29th July 2022

Gramophone Editor's Choice

Contents

About

In 1969 the British organ builder, JW Walker, built a remarkable new organ for Blackburn Cathedral, utilising some pipework – including some by the distinguished French builder, Cavaillé-Coll – from the previous organ. Walker’s new organ, designed in consultation with the then Director of Music, John Bertalot, was original, bold, and daring – and unprecedented in an Anglican cathedral. They created an instrument that has become world-renowned as one of the most iconic, exciting, and distinguished instruments in the country.

In 2001/2 major work was carried out by David Wood of Huddersfield which enlarged the instrument to 4-manuals and made a few small tonal modifications. In 2019 the organ celebrated its 50th anniversary and this is celebrated (slightly belatedly due to Covid postponements!) in this new recording with the current Director of Music, John Robinson.

The wide-ranging capabilites of the organ are demonstrated in an eclectic programme of virtuoso British organ music from the last hundred years, including the first recording of John Bertalot’s stunning Variations on the hymn tune, Regent Square, for pedal solo.

John Robinson is the Organist and Director of Music at Blackburn Cathedral, where he oversees a thriving Cathedral Choir, and Music Department. He is Director of Blackburn Music Society (the town’s historic Choral Society), and of Blackburn Chamber Choir.

Reviews

What better way to mark the half-century celebration of Blackburn Cathedral’s groundbreaking and iconic JW Walker instrument of 1969 than by listening to this stunning recording, played by the current organist and Director of Music, John Robinson. His lockdown labours have resulted in an ideal mix of the new, the daring, the entertaining and a classic masterpiece. ... A feast of an album, beautifully produced and with first-rate notes.  Malcolm Riley
Gramophone Awards 2022

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