Gillian Weir: The King of Instruments | Priory PRDVD7001

Gillian Weir: The King of Instruments


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Label: Priory

Cat No: PRDVD7001

Format: DVD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 4th October 2010



Gillian Weir (organ)


Gillian Weir (organ)


In the late 1980s, BBC Television filmed Dame Gillian Weir in a series of six programmes entitled "King of Instruments." Recorded on six magnificent organs in different European locations (St Bavo, Haarlem; The Abbey Church, Ottobeuren; St Knud’s, Odense; Ulster Hall, Belfast; Hedvig Eleonora Kyrka, Stockholm; St Ouen, Rouen), the programmes were watched by an audience of 2 million. Priory is delighted to announce the first-ever release of the series on one DVD, with a running time of almost 152 minutes.

For many, this will provide the first opportunity to hear the soundtracks of the programmes in stereo, as such transmissions on television were in their infancy when the series was originally broadcast in 1989. The BBC issued a CD to accompany the series, which Priory is including as a bonus: this features separate recordings by Dame Gillian (not taken from the television soundtracks), of one of the pieces from each of the programmes.

The programmes contain a glittering array of pictures and sound from these world famous organs:  additionally, Dame Gillian talks about the pieces and the instruments. When first broadcast, these programmes were watched by up to 2 million people.

This unique visual collection of performances by one of the world’s most famous organists is not to be missed.

1. Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565 (Johann Sebastian Bach)   
2. Variations on Mein junges Leben hat ein End (Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck)   
3. Fugue in E flat major BWV 552b (Johann Sebastian Bach)  
4. Noel in D minor (Louis-Claude Daquin)   
5. Sonata for two organs* (Giovanni Lucchinetti)   
6. Toccata Duodecima (Georg Muffat)   
7. Piece in C major for a Clock Organ (Franz Joseph Haydn)   
8. Sonata No. 4 in D major: First Movement (Franz Xavier Schnitzer)   
9. Extracts from Messe pour les Couvents (Louis Couperin)   
10. Prelude, Fugue and Chaconne in C major (Dietrich Buxtehude)   
11. "Echo" Fantaisie" in E flat major (Camille Saint-Saens)   
12. Prelude and Fugue on BACH (Franz Liszt)
13. Toccata in F, from Symphony No.5 (Charles-Marie Widor)   
14. Concerto No.4 in F major: First Movement (George Frideric Handel)  
15. Ride of the Valkyries (Richard Wagner arr.David Patrick)   
16. Variations on America (Charles Ives)   
17. Moto ostinato from Sunday Music (Petr Eben)   
18. Naiades, from Pieces de Fantaisie (Louis Vierne)   
19. Tu es Petra from Esquisses Byzantines (Henri Mulet)   
20. Variations sur un Noel (Marcel Dupre)   
21. Dieu parmi nous from La Nativite (Olivier Messiaen)   
22. Elfes from 12 Pieces pour Orgue Op.7 (Joseph Bonnet)   
23. Choral No.3 in A minor (Cesar Franck)

*with Huw Tregelles Williams

1 DVD + 1 CD

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