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Organ Masters Series Vol 1- Jongen, Hindemith, Et Al / Weir


Release Date: 09/25/2001 
Label:  Priory Records   Catalog #: 751   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Joseph JongenHealey WillanPaul HindemithJulius Reubke
Performer:  Gillian Weir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A blazing start to Priory’s Organ Master Series – Gillian Weir plays with all her customary power and brilliance.

A mouth-watering programme, containing four of the finest romantic works for organ. Hindemith is probably the only name widely known, but if anyone thinks of him as a rather dry composer they should listen to Weir’s outstanding performance of his Sonata No 1. As Dame Gillian says in her programme notes, this is the most romantic of Hindemith’s three sonatas, but it gives her the opportunity to bring to the fore the more classical sounds of the Aeolian-Skinner organ.

This instrument was designed by Dame Gillian’s husband, Lawrence Phelps, and is one of the largest in the USA. It has a thrilling
Read more tutti and a huge range of lovely colours which Dame Gillian exploits with complete mastery. It receives a fine, natural recording from Priory, and organ buffs will be well satisfied with the detailed notes about the instrument.

Dame Gillian’s virtuoso playing vividly communicates itself to the listener, and at all times she performs with clarity of articulation and flexibility of tempo. Perhaps there’s a little too much rubato in the Willan, especially in the Passacaglia, and one may prefer the more natural flow of Francis Jackson’s inspired 1964 recording. However the Jongen and Reubke sonatas receive strong, dramatic performances which are amongst the finest ever recorded. In comparison, Filsell’s Reubke, although impeccably played, feels a little cool. I look forward to the next two volumes in Priory’s Organ Master Series; meanwhile we can enjoy this irresistible combination of great music, great playing and a spectacular instrument.'

-- Christopher Nickol, Gramophone [1/2001]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata heroïca, Op. 94 by Joseph Jongen
Performer:  Gillian Weir (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; Belgium 
Venue:  1st Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston 
Length: 15 Minutes 23 Secs. 
2.
Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue for Organ in E flat major, B 149 by Healey Willan
Performer:  Gillian Weir (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; Canada 
Venue:  1st Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston 
Length: 17 Minutes 28 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Organ no 1 by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Gillian Weir (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; Switzerland 
Venue:  1st Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston 
Length: 18 Minutes 1 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for Organ in C minor "94th Psalm" by Julius Reubke
Performer:  Gillian Weir (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; Germany 
Venue:  1st Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston 
Length: 22 Minutes 58 Secs. 

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