QUOTE(oldromola @ Sep 24 2011, 05:19 PM)
QUOTE(Vox Humana @ Sep 16 2011, 05:16 AM)
As one who frequently feels thoroughly fed up with organs, organists and organ music - not to mention clergy and the world in general - I think I might just have to ask someone to put this on my Christmas list.
Well yes me too, although I think I shall probably have to pay for it myself and I'm sure I will never listen to every track on every CD.
Of the original LPs I bought only a handful but I remember three especially well. Firstly Christopher Dearnley's recording from St Pauls that included Carl Nielson's 'Commotio'.
You young guys are probably unaware of Nielsen's organ masterpiece so this will be an ear opener for you all. The second one was Melville Cook from Hereford and his perfectly judged 'Prelude et fugue sur le nom d'Alain'. Marvellous! The third was Conrad Eden from Durham. The main piece on his LP was the challenging Schoenberg: Variations on a Recitative
- does anybody play that these days? He also played a little 'Prelude' by my dear old piano and harmony teacher Dr Arthur Milner. Arthur was an excellent teacher, composer and a perfect gentleman to boot. I suspect that more than one of you who are in to middle age or maybe a little more like myself have some of Arthur's music tucked away somewhere in your organ music collection.
I'm tempted now to buy the newly re-issued set. I've got neither Christopher Dearnley's nor Conrad Eden's
original recordings. I should like to have a recording of the Schoenberg Variations which I think I heard broadcast once when I was a teenager or in my twenties (long ago!) by Ralph Downes who I believe gave its first performance in Britain. I don't think I've heard it since that broadcast but there was once an article about it in 'Musical Times'.
Nielsen's 'Commotio' is recorded by David Goode on a Herald CD with the title 'Commotio and Other Early Twentieth Century European Organ Music'. I'd like Conrad Eden's recording though. He used to be a fairly frequent broadcast organist and I once heard him play 'in the flesh' at the old R.C.O. Kensington Gore Building.
Arthur Milner's organ music was fairly frequently featured in recital programmes 50 years ago. I have a copy of his 'Diptych' but I have to confess that I have never learnt to play it. Sorry!