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PRCD601 - Organ Music from St.John the Baptist, Kensington, London

David Bleazard

Organ Music from St.John the Baptist, Kensington, London
Brand: Priory Records
Product Code: PRCD601
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Track Listing

Track Name Time
1Piece SolennelleJacques Ibert06:37
2Choral No.2 in B minorCesar Franck13:44
3Fuga a 5 con pedale pro Organo pleno BWV 552J.S.Bach08:20
4Majeste du Christ demandant sa gloire a son Pere (L'Ascension)Olivier Messiaen06:51
5Variations on Adoro te devoteL.J.A Lefebure- Wely13:34
6Incantation pour un jour SaintJean Langlais05:53
7Liturgical Sequences: Intonation of Gloria and FanfarePlainsong00:45
8Liturgical Sequences: Fanfares, KyriePlainsong01:51
9Liturgical Sequences: Victimae PaschaliPlainsong02:09
10Liturgical Sequences: Christus Vincit and FanfaresPlainsong01:17
11Improvisation sur le Te DeumCharles Tournemire trans: M Durufle08:49

"This recording was made to publicise the awful state of this Gern/Willis organ and raise funds for its restoration. Some work was done a few years later. It's still in poor condition but remains an inspirational instrument, one of the best in London. There are audible defects - action noise, wind leaks, pitch sagging in loud combinations, mixtures out of tune - but it is still a heroic sound. The tutti is stupendous, despite a lack of 32fts. This is a rewarding record, with immaculate playing (an exception: the Bach starts painfully slow & speeds up to an excessively fast tempo). Sung Plainsong versets and ringing of handheld bells in the Liturgical Sequences add interest, showing off the organ as a liturgical instrument. The acoustic is reverberant but clear. The recording quality is excellent, as one expects of Priory. I'll be churlish and knock off 1 star for the occasionally painful sounds caused by the organ's condition, and for the Bach. It deserves 4 stars"

Richard Harrold

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