Christmas Bells: Organ Music from Belfast Cathedral - RES10293

Christmas Bells: Organ Music from Belfast Cathedral

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Total playing time [78:29]

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Matthew Owens (organ)
The Harrison & Harrison Organ of Belfast Cathedral

For this recording Organist Matthew Owens presents a diverse recital of some of the greatest Christmas music ever written for the instrument. Traditional tunes, whether Lutheran chorales, plainchant, French noëls, or medieval carols, have provided the inspiration for much Christmas organ music throughout the years, with much of this programme made up of pieces based on such tunes, from J.S. Bach’s Canonic variations on Vom Himmel hoch to Louis-Claude Daquin’s Noël Suisse.

This recital also draws on more contemporary sources and presents several world premiere recordings including Howard Skempton’s Christmas Bells and Gary Davison’s Seven Versets on Divinum Mysterium, both of which were written specially for this recording.

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'It’s beautifully articulate, though, and it creates a soothing atmosphere that totally transports you to a quiet pew in Belfast Cathedral.'

- BBC Music Magazine

'It’s beautifully articulate, though, and it creates a soothing atmosphere that totally transports you to a quiet pew in Belfast Cathedral.'
BBC Music Magazine

'Garth Edmondson’s Toccata on the same melody which, while often heard at Christmas, is too spectacular and – especially when, as heard here, the chorale theme is thundered out with monumental power on the Belfast 32 foot Bombardon and recorded with tremendous presence – spine-tingling'
MusicWeb International

'[A] brilliant recital by Matthew Owens. This is a great collection of seasonal organ music, much of it referencing traditional carols.'
Lark Reviews

Credits
© 2021 Resonus Limited
Ⓟ 2021 Resonus Limited
Catalogue No. RES10293
Producer, engineer & editor: Adam Binks
EAN: 5060262793220
Cover image: Christmas Bells by Morgan Studio (shutterstock.com)
Release date: 29 October 2021