Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments
Willis Organ of Saint Paul’s Cathedral, London
The magnificent Organ Sonata by Sir Edward Elgar is but one of the highlights of this week’s Pipedreams broadcast. In it, four players, two in London and two in New England, will revel in an almost orchestral wash of color. Joseph Payne plays from the Mulliner Book, Malcolm Archer takes us to Lancaster Town Hall, Robert Wolley performs 16th century music on an instrument equally old, and Colin Walsh has a blast at Lincoln Cathedral. Experience the lush sounds that characterize organ music from jolly old England.
Beyond Bach and Franck and Widor, there’s a wonderful realm of experience awaiting us in the works of British composers. From the Mulliner Book and early pieces by Orlando Gibbons and Dr. John Bull, through the proud pages of Hubert Parry and Charles Stanford, to the entire First Sonata by Edward Elgar, we prove it’s not a desert island as regards its organ music. Come and celebrate England’s Glory, this week on Pipedreams.
CHARLES WOOD: Prelude on Saint Mary’s.CHARLES VILLIERS STANFORD: Prelude in the Form of a Toccata, Opus 88, number 3 –Jennifer Bate (1955 Harrison & Harrison/St. James Muswell Hill, London, England, UK) & (1919 Henry Willis & Sons/Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Wales, UK) ASV CD-6222
CHRISTOPHER TYE: When that the fifty day was come.
SIR EDWARD ELGAR: Sonata Number 1 in G, Opus 28, 1st movement –Jennifer Bate (1871 Henry Willis; 1924; 1933 Harrison & Harrison; 2004 Mander/Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK) ASV CD-6160