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The Grand Organ of Westminster Abbey

The Grand Organ of Westminster Abbey concert. Daniel Cook plays the following selections on the grand organ of Westminster Abbey:

  • Purcell “Rondeau” from Abdelazer

  • Charles-Marie Widor “Toccata” from Organ Symphony No. 5

  • Howells Psalm-Preludes Set 1 No. 3

  • J. S. Bach Prelude & Fugue in E Flat

  • Prokofiev “Montagues And Capulets” from Romeo and Juliet

  • P. Whitlock “Dignity and Impudence” (March)

  • Parry “Eventide” from 7 Choral Preludes, Set 2

  • Walton Spitfire Prelude & Fugue

  • Hollins Concert Overture

  • Handel Variations on The Harmonious Blacksmith

  • L. Vierne Final Movement from Organ Symphony No. 6

Priory specializes in church and organ music. This package has a Blu-ray, a DVD, and a CD! Grade: NA

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The Grand Organ of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

Richard Lea plays selections on the grand organ of the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. Priory specializes in church and organ music. The package has a Blu-ray, a DVD, and a CD! Per the publisher, this is the first organ recital to be released in Blu-ray. Recorded and produced by Paul Crichton; filmed and edited by Richard Knight; Associate Producer was Callum Ross; Executive Producer was Neil Collier. Released 2013, disc has 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound. Grade: A

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The Grand Organ of Gloucester Cathedral

Jonathan Hope plays the grand organ of the Gloucester Cathedral. Priory specializes in church and organ music. This package has a Blu-ray, a DVD, and a CD! Recorded and produced by Paul Crichton; filmed and edited by Richard Knight; Associate Producer was Callum Ross; Executive Producer was Neil Collier. Released 2016, disc has 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound. Grade: A-

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The Grand Organ of Durham Cathedral

James Lancelot plays the following selections on the grand organ of the Durham Cathedral:

1. Whitlock "Paean"
2. J. S. Bach "Fantasia and Fugue" in G minor BWV 542
3. Stanley "Andante: Largo" from Trumpet Voluntary (Voluntary in D Op. 6 No.5)
4. F. J. Haydn "Three Pieces for Musical Clocks" Nos. 4, 13 and 25
5. Rheinberger "Sonata No. 7" in F minor Op. 127
6. Stanford "Prelude" Op. 101 No. 5 on St. Columba
7. Stanford "Prelude" Op. 101 No. 5 on Gartan
8. Frank "Piece Heroique"
9. Vierne "Intermezzo" (Symphony No. 3)
10. Dupre "Placare Christe Servulis" Op. 38 No. 16
11. Alain "Deux Dances a Agni Yavishta"
12. Alain "Litanies"
13. Hakim "Mariales"
14. Mulet "Carillon-Sortie"

Priory specializes in church and organ music. This package has a Blu-ray, a DVD, and a CD. Released 2014, recording specs are unclear, and the Blu-ray disc has 5.1 Dolby Digital sound output. Grade: A

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The Grand Organ of Norwich Cathedral

David Dunnett in 2012 plays the following selections on the grand organ of the Norwich Cathedral:

1. Handel "Coro" from Water Music (arr. Osborne Peasgood)
2. J. S. Bach "Sinfonia on Cantata No. 29" (arr. Marcel Dupré)
3. J. S. Bach "Sheep May Safely Graze"
4. Heathcote Statham "Rhapsody on a Ground"
5. Percy Whitlock "Folk Tune"
6. Handel "Hornpipe" from Water Music (arr. Osborne Peasgood)
7. Saint-Saëns "Fantaisie in E flat"
8. Jehan Alain "Le Jardin suspendu"
9. Alexandre Guilmant "March on a Theme of Handel "
10. William Walond "Voluntary in G"
11. Ronald Watson "Kum ba'yah"
12. Percy Fletcher "Festival Toccata"
13. Elgar "Angel's Farewell" from The Dream of Gerontius (arr. Sir Herbert Brewer)
14. Iain Farrington "Live Wire"

Priory specializes in church and organ music. This package has a Blu-ray, a DVD, and a CD!  Recorded and produced by Paul Crichton; filmed and edited by Richard Knight; Associate Producer was Callum Ross; Executive Producer was Neil Collier. Released 2014, disc has 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound. Grade: A

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The Grand Organ of Coventry Cathedral

In 2014, Kerry Beaumont plays the following selections on the grand organ of the Coventry Cathedral in Coventry, England:

1. Lemmens "Fanfare"
2. Holst "Mars, the Bringer of War" (The Planets)
3. Mendelssohn "Prelude and Fugue" in C minor
4. J. S. Bach "Come Sweetest Death" (Komm, Susser Tod)
5. Handel "For unto us a Child is Born"
6. Walton "Orb and Sceptre"
7. Messiaen "Jesus accepte la souffrance"
8. Boellmann "Toccata" from Suite Gothique
9. Brewer "Triumphant Song"
10. Beethoven "Moonlight Sonata (1st Movement)"
11. Davies "RAF March Past"
12. Durufle "Prelude and Fugue sur le non d'Alain"
13. Cholley "Rumba sur les grands jeux"

The Grand Organ of Coventry Cathedral is an impressive recording package with a Blu-ray video disc, a DVD, and a CD of the music. Each of the 13 musical selections is accompanied with video showing Beaumont playing plus numerous clips of the Cathedral and the town of Coventry with its history and landmarks. There is an excellent keepcase booklet which gives you guidance as to what you see in the video for each musical number. Then in another section of the booklet you get a discussion of the musical aspects of each of the 13 selections. Finally, the booklet has two pages of technical data on the Coventry organ! So far I've covered only the main program. There are also 4 bonus extras, all with Beaumont as docent: (1) a 19-minute narration of the musical program, (2) a 44-minute detailed rundown on the features of the Coventry Grand Organ, (3) an 8-minute explanation of the challenges faced by the organist in playing "Rumba sur les grands jeux", and (4) a 12 minute discussion of two chamber organs that the Cathedral also owns and uses! Recorded and produced by Paul Crichton; filmed and edited by Richard Knight; Associate Producer was Callum Ross; Executive Producer was Neil Collier. Released 2015, Blu-ray disc has 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound. Grade: A

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