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Piping Hot - Organ Works From Lichfield Cathedral

Release Date: 03/13/2012 
Label:  Regent   Catalog #: 210   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Charles IvesJoseph BonnetCésar FranckLouis Vierne,   ... 
Performer:  Philip Scriven

Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

PIPING HOT Philip Scriven (org) REGENT 210 (76:01)

IVES Variations on America. BONNET Elfes. FRANCK Prelude, Fugue, & Variation. VIERNE Organ Symphony No. 2: Scherzo. PRESTON Read more class="ARIAL12bi">Alleluyas. LINDBERG Gammal fäbodpsalm. MESSIAEN L’Ascension: “Transports de joie.” LANGLAIS Suite brève: Cantilène. GOWERS An Occasional Trumpet Voluntary. BARBER Adagio for Strings. ALAIN Litanies. DURUFLÉ Prélude et Fugue sur le nom d’Alain

This is a disc from 2004 that has just finally crossed our editor’s desk for review. Philip Scriven, the organist of Lichfield Cathedral in England, where he also conducts the Cathedral Choir, began his musical career as a chorister himself at Westminster Abbey. After studying organ at the Royal Academy of Music, he held scholarships at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, and St. John’s College, Cambridge, before further studies in Vienna and New York.

Scriven has previously received excellent reviews for his CD of Belgian choral works with the Lichfield Cathedral Choir on Regent 241, and I can wholeheartedly recommend this organ recital as well. The disc’s title, Piping Hot, is obviously just a marketing ploy and not a fair description of the entire disc or of Scriven’s deep sensitivity as an artist. Many of these works, such as Bonnet’s Elfes, the Franck, the Vierne Scherzo, and of course Barber’s Adagio for Strings, are all fairly quiet pieces, and throughout them Scriven shows what a superb musician he really is. This is organ playing of the highest order, at least as good as any big-name organist I’ve heard, including Biggs, Alain, and Guillou. He is spot-on in each and every piece in both mood and color.

The program is well chosen, so that even if one is not a fan, for instance, of Messiaen’s rather thick and demonic “Transports de joie” from L’Ascension, one can take it in stride as one of the few harmonically thick and thorny pieces on the disc. (I like Simon Preston’s equally thorny Alleluyas much better, as music, than the Messiaen piece.) The Lichfield Cathedral Organ appears to have a fairly wide range of volume and color, and it must also be noted that Regent’s sound quality is vibrant and lifelike. This disc is a winner!

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Works on This Recording

Variations for Organ on "America" by Charles Ives
Performer:  Philip Scriven (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1891; USA 
(12) pièces nouvelles, Op. 7: Elfes by Joseph Bonnet
Performer:  Philip Scriven (Organ)
Written: pub 1910 
Prelude, Fugue and Variation for Organ in B minor, Op. 18 by César Franck
Performer:  Philip Scriven (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; France 
Symphony for Organ no 2 in E minor, Op. 20: 3rd movement, Scherzo by Louis Vierne
Performer:  Philip Scriven (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902-1903; France 
Alleluyas by Simon (John) Preston
Performer:  Philip Scriven (Organ)
Written: 1965 
Gammal Fäbodspsalm by Oskar (Fredrik) Lindberg
Performer:  Philip Scriven (Organ)
L'Ascension, 4 Meditations for Organ: 3rd movement, Transports de joie d'une âme devant la gloire... by Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Philip Scriven (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; France 
Suite brève: Cantilène by Jean Langlais
Performer:  Philip Scriven (Organ)
Written: 1947 
(An) Occasional Trumpet Voluntary by Patrick Gowers
Performer:  Philip Scriven (Organ)
Adagio for Strings, Op. 11 by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Philip Scriven (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Rome, Italy 
Litanies for Organ, AWV 100/Op. 79 by Jehan-Ariste Alain
Performer:  Philip Scriven (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; France 
Prelude et fugue sur le nom d'Alain, Op. 7 by Maurice Duruflé
Performer:  Philip Scriven (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; France 

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