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|1||Three Idylls Op. 194: No. 1 By the sea shore||5:24|
|2||Chorale prelude (Little Organ Book)||2:27|
|3||Prelude and Fugue in E minor||10:24|
|4||Sonata No. 5 in A Op. 159: Allegro moderato||7:01|
|5||Sonata No. 5 in A Op. 159: Allegretto non troppo mosso||6:50|
|6||Sonata No. 5 in A Op. 159: Allegro||7:43|
|7||Four Intermezzi Op. 189: No. 1 Pastorale||4:56|
|8||Four Intermezzi Op. 189: No. 2 Marcia Eroica||5:30|
|9||Four Intermezzi Op. 189: No. 3: Hush Song||5:18|
|10||Four Intermezzi Op. 189: No. 4: Intermezzo on a Irish Air||6:55|
|11||Installation March Op. 108||10:47|
From the Cathedrals of Salisbury and Durham, Daniel Cook now gives us the fourth volume of this unique series on his home territory in Westminster Abbey. The organ always remained central to Stanford’s career, being educated in the organ lofts of Christ Church and St. Patrick’s Cathedral’s, Dublin. After this much of his time was spent at various posts in Cambridge where he actively promoted church music before moving to London later in life where to boost his meagre income he wrote for the organ which allowed him to pay tribute to his many organ-playing colleagues. Central to this recital, is the fifth sonata, the last in this genre coupled with other rarely heard works.
Reviewing Volume 3 (PRCD 1046) from Salisbury Cathedral:
"I have no doubt that Priory's current issues, of which this is the latest, encompassing the complete organ works of Sir Charles Stanford, constitute one of the more important series of organ recordings to be released in recent years.....Priory are to be warmly congratulated on their enterprise and achievement. It is one thing to decide to record this music, but quite another to find an organist willing to learn and perform it - but once again this remarkable company places us in debt by inviting Daniel Cook to be the interpreter. I have been very impressed by Daniel Cook's interpretation and grasp of a masterly work....throughout the series Daniel Cook proves himself the ideal interpreter. He delivers performances that do everything to reveal the richness and depth of this music. The recording quality is of the very best we have long come to expect as a norm from Neil Collier and his Priory team. Strongly recommended." Robert Matthew Walker - The Organ - 5 Stars
"The Salisbury instrument and acoustic provide the most ideal voice for Stanford's combination of classical romanticism. My greatest hope is that these volumes are sought out and bought as a valuable reference collection." Joe Riley - Organists Review.
""As with all the discs in this Stanford cycle the sound quality is ideal. The listener can shut their eyes and imagine being present in the great Westminster Abbey, hearing this fine music played on a splendid instrument. No better compliment can be paid."
"I understand that there will be one further volume in this series of ‘Stanford’s Complete Organ Music’: I look forward to this with considerable impatience." John France - Music Web International
"The penultimate volume in Daniel Cook's fine Stanford traversal spans the composer's career from his first published work to one of his last. As before Cook proves an authoritative advocate - with both recorded sound and Jeremy Dibble's notes superb". Michael Quinn, Choir and Organ.
"Daniel Cook is now one of our most gifted recording artists....." Joe Riley, Organists Review