Charles Villiers Stanford: Organ Works, Volume 2
Simon Niemiński (organ)
Following his landmark recording of Giles Swayne's Stations of the Cross, organist Simon Niemiński returns to the Resonus label with an engaging recital of organ works by Charles Villiers Stanford.
Showcasing another of Edinburgh's rich and varied crop of instruments, Niemiński performs on the unspoilt 1913 Brindley and Foster organ of Freemasons' Hall, right in the heart of the city. Recently given a full restoration in 2009 by Forth Pipe Organs, this organ is almost unique as a complete, unaltered example of this significant and pioneering organ builder, and provides an ideal vehicle for authentic performances of this music.
Included in this enjoyable programme is Stanford's first organ sonata, as well as the triumphant Marcia Eroica, Op. 189, and two world premieres in The Angelus, Op. 194, No.3 and his beautifully simple early Prelude on the ancient melody 'Jesu dulcis memoriae'