Exequy to Elysium - Organ Music by James Cook | Divine Art DDA21206

Exequy to Elysium - Organ Music by James Cook

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Label: Divine Art

Cat No: DDA21206

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Release Date: 13th November 2006

Contents

Works

James Cook
Sinfonia Lacrimosa for Organ; Quaternion: no 2 - Exequy; Sinfonietta for Organ; Symphonia Melodia for Organ; Two Sacred Fancies; Dipsalma: Plerophoria; Quaternion: no 4 - Euphony

Artists

Samuel Hayes (organ)
Samuel Hudson (organ)
Lucy Jack (alto)

Works

James Cook
Sinfonia Lacrimosa for Organ; Quaternion: no 2 - Exequy; Sinfonietta for Organ; Symphonia Melodia for Organ; Two Sacred Fancies; Dipsalma: Plerophoria; Quaternion: no 4 - Euphony

Artists

Samuel Hayes (organ)
Samuel Hudson (organ)
Lucy Jack (alto)

About

All of the music on CD1 shares a common tone and key, that of A minor and is melancholy in both mood and mode. This disc is called “Exequy” after the central work on the disc; it means “funeral song” and indeed is an apt description of the music throughout. Sinfonia Lacrimosa is a meditation on the theme of sorrow and movements one, two and four are reflective and slow paced. The third movement provides balancing energy and passion. Sinfonietta is a single movement work on a large scale.
 
Sinfonia Melodia is the most grandiose of Cook’s seven organ symphonies. However also present are a range of pieces on a smaller scale, including one piece with alto singer. 
 
James Cook studied composition at Oxford University and worked for a time at Eton College. Although principally a composer of sacred vocal music, during 2005 he wrote a sizeable body of work for the organ as well as several pieces for the rarely heard combination of organ and harp. In January 2006 he completed his seventh organ symphony.
 
 
CD 1
Sinfonia Lacrimosa(*)
Exequy
Sinfonietta
 
CD 2
Symphonia Melodia
Two Sacred Fancies
Plerophoria (^)
Euphony
 
(*) Performed by Samuel Hudson at Girton College Chapel, Cambridge. All other tracks played by Samuel Hayes at Queens’ College, Cambridge.
(^) Featuring Lucy Jack

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