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Organ Masters Series Vol 2 - Bach, Schnizer, Et Al / Weir


Release Date: 04/30/2002 
Label:  Priory Records   Catalog #: 752   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachFranz Xaver SchnitzerWolfgang Amadeus MozartPaul Hindemith,   ... 
Performer:  Gillian Weir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Report an error Weir shows off Hodiam Abbey's small but perfectly formed organ to mellifluous effect.

Compared with the four Romantic works on Volume 1 (1/01), the compositions on this CD have a lighter, sunnier and at times witty character to them. A delightful programme from European composers of the 16th, 18th and 20th centuries which shows off every nuance of the Hexham Abbey organ. This fine instrument perfectly illustrates the old saying 'small is beautiful'. Although it has only 34 stops over two manuals and pedals, it has more strength of character, beauty and variety than many English cathedral organs. The recording places it in rather a close perspective, but this does allow the listener to savour the
Read more supreme artistry of organ-builder and organist. Such is Dame Gillian's outstanding musicianship that it's easy to imagine her as a singer, conductor or ballerina. More than any other player she has the ability to make the organ dance (as in the Attaignant and Schnizer works), sing (in the slower passages of the Mozart and Francpix pieces), and her command of the organ's resources in the Hindemith Sonata echoes that of a great conductor. I have a small reservation about the Bach; her performance at times sounds too deliberately worked out, whereas Koopman's playing has a natural, uninhibited flow. However, her virtuosity is evident in all the pieces, and her enthusiasm for the music and the organ is reflected in her programme notes. One is left with the impression that she enjoyed making this CD, and it should bring much pleasure to all music lovers.

-- Christopher Nickol, Gramophone [3/2002]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Partite sopra Sei gegrüsset, Jesu gütig, BWV 768 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gillian Weir (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1700; Lüneburg, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  Abbey, Hexham, Northumberland, England 
Length: 18 Minutes 2 Secs. 
2.
Sonatas (6) for Organ, Op. 1: no 1 in C major by Franz Xaver Schnitzer
Performer:  Gillian Weir (Organ)
Period: Classical 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  Abbey, Hexham, Northumberland, England 
Length: 10 Minutes 12 Secs. 
3.
Fantasia for Mechanical Organ in F minor, K 608 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Gillian Weir (Organ)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  Abbey, Hexham, Northumberland, England 
Length: 10 Minutes 55 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for Organ no 2 by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Gillian Weir (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  Abbey, Hexham, Northumberland, England 
Length: 9 Minutes 49 Secs. 
5.
Suite Carmelite for Organ by Jean Françaix
Performer:  Gillian Weir (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; France 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  Abbey, Hexham, Northumberland, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 7 Secs. 
6.
Suite Profane by Jean Françaix
Performer:  Gillian Weir (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984; France 
Date of Recording: 03/2001 
Venue:  Abbey, Hexham, Northumberland, England 
Length: 13 Minutes 9 Secs. 

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