The Grand Organ of St Paulís Cathedral, London
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Cat No: PRDVD5
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 3rd October 2010
ArtistsSimon Johnson (organ)
ArtistsSimon Johnson (organ)
Filmed beside the new nave console, this is also the first recording since the instrumentís restoration. Also seen are numerous pictures from inside and outside the Cathedral, including the crypt and the whispering gallery, together with illustrations of the Great Fire of London.
The music has been specially chosen to provide links with organists connected with St Paulís, including Maurice Greene, Hubert Parry, Felix Mendelssohn and George Frideric Handel.
Jeremiah Clarkeís famous Trumpet Voluntary was recorded to show off the west end royal trumpets (and for hi-fi buffs listening in 5.1 surround sound, these will be heard only from the rear speakers).
This we believe is Prioryís greatest DVD to date in terms of technical brilliance and recorded sound Ė every available trumpet and tuba combination has been demonstrated by Simon Johnson in this recital, and his visual Ďtalk-throughí of Norman Cockerís ĎTuba Tuneí on one of the bonus features is fascinating both for students and general listeners alike.
The programme chosen demonstrates the entire organ and the visuals feature the great building in its entirety. The bonus tracks also contain a full demonstration of the restored organ from the mobile console, including shots probably never seen before of the interior of the organ and the tuner at work, plus much, much more.
As usual we include a free CD for in car listening or state of the art sound.
1. Fanfare on Gopsal (Sir David Willcocks)
2. Trumpet Voluntary (Jeremiah Clarke)
3. Voluntary in C minor (Maurice Greene)
4. Symphony Gothique: Andante sostenuto (Charles-Marie Widor)
5. Prelude and Fugue in C minor (Felix Mendelssohn)
6. Harmonies du soir (Sigfrid Karg-Elert)
7. Variations de Concert (Joseph Bonnet)
8. Dead March from Saul (George Frideric Handel)
9. Tuba Tune (Norman Cocker)
10. Elegy (Charles Hubert Parry)
11. Marche Heroique (Herbert Brewer)
12. Adagio (Samuel Barber)
13. Moto Ostinato, from "Sunday Music" (Petr Eben)
14. The Firebird Suite: Berceuse and Finale (Igor Stravinsky)
1 DVD + 1 CD
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