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The Usher Hall Organ / John Kitchen

Kitchen,John
Release Date: 07/25/2006 
Label:  Delphian   Catalog #: 34022   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alfred HollinsSir Edward ElgarGeorge Frideric HandelJohann Sebastian Bach,   ... 
Performer:  John Kitchen
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A demonstration disc for the newly restored Usher Hall organ in Edinburgh, this ‘town-hall’-type programme ranges from Bach to Hollins via Walton. The organ is an Edwardian period-piece by Norman and Beard, with some astonishingly bold timbres to it. These include pungent, not to say acrid, strings, bright choruses, orchestral reeds and a carillon sounding uncannily like a suburban door-chime. Kitchen leaves no stone unturned in his search for colour, and reveals how close this type of instrument is to its cousin, the theatre organ. Given that fact, the St Anne Prelude and Fugue of Bach come off surprisingly well, and Liszt’s Weinen, Klagen is suitably dark-hued. The Walton Popular Song and Hollins Triumphal March see the organ in its Read more natural habitat and Kitchen’s playing is instinctive and full of pizzazz. The whole disc was apparently recorded in a single day, and only occasionally does one get a hint of this time constraint. In terms of the captured sound, the tenor registers of the organ dominate, and I would hazard a guess that the acoustic properties of the hall prove a refractory engineering challenge. Nonetheless, this is a commendable disc from a label with high artistic aspirations. Watch out for many more excellent discs appearing from this source.

-- William Whitehead, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Triumphal March for Organ by Alfred Hollins
Performer:  John Kitchen (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; England 
Date of Recording: 01/21/2004 
Venue:  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland 
Length: 6 Minutes 38 Secs. 
2.
Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20: 2nd movement, Larghetto by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  John Kitchen (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; England 
Date of Recording: 01/21/2004 
Venue:  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland 
Length: 4 Minutes 29 Secs. 
3.
Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 "Enigma": Variation 9, Nimrod by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  John Kitchen (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898-1899; England 
Date of Recording: 01/21/2004 
Venue:  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
4.
Deidamia, HWV 42: March by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  John Kitchen (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/21/2004 
Venue:  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
5.
Alcina, HWV 34: Menuett by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  John Kitchen (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; London, England 
Date of Recording: 01/21/2004 
Venue:  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland 
Length: 1 Minutes 32 Secs. 
6.
Rinaldo, HWV 7: Grand March by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  John Kitchen (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1711; London, England 
Date of Recording: 01/21/2004 
Venue:  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
7.
Rinaldo, HWV 7: Lascia ch'io pianga by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  John Kitchen (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1711; London, England 
Date of Recording: 01/21/2004 
Venue:  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland 
Length: 3 Minutes 50 Secs. 
8.
Scipione (Publio Cornelio Scipione), opera, HWV 20: March by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  John Kitchen (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/21/2004 
Venue:  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland 
Length: 2 Minutes 5 Secs. 
9.
Prelude and Fugue in E flat major, BWV 552 "St Anne" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  John Kitchen (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/21/2004 
Venue:  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland 
Length: 15 Minutes 21 Secs. 
10.
Prelude "Weinen, Klagen..." (JS Bach) for Piano, S 179 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  John Kitchen (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/21/2004 
Venue:  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland 
Length: 15 Minutes 21 Secs. 
11.
A Little Liturgical Suite based on Scottish folk melodies, for organ by Geoffrey Atkinson
Performer:  John Kitchen (Organ)
Date of Recording: 01/21/2004 
Venue:  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland 
Length: 6 Minutes 39 Secs. 
12.
The Planets, Op. 32/H 125: Jupiter by Gustav Holst
Performer:  John Kitchen (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1916; England 
Date of Recording: 01/21/2004 
Venue:  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland 
Length: 3 Minutes 38 Secs. 
13.
Façade: Suite no 2 - Popular Song by Sir William Walton
Performer:  John Kitchen (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1938; England 
Date of Recording: 01/21/2004 
Venue:  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
14.
Coronation March "Orb and Sceptre" by Sir William Walton
Performer:  John Kitchen (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; England 
Date of Recording: 01/21/2004 
Venue:  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland 
Length: 8 Minutes 11 Secs. 

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