James MacMillan: Organ Works - RES10266

James MacMillan: Organ Works

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Total playing time [56:50]

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Stephen Farr (organ)

James MacMillan has written for the organ in many different settings, from choral accompaniment to his monumental and deeply-satirical ‘enigmatic variations’ for organ and orchestra A Scotch Bestiary from 2004.

The organ has formed a key part of the sounds and colours that MacMillan draws on to realise his compositional ambitions and his growing number of works for solo organ now represent a significant strand of his artistic fabric, featuring works written across his active life as a composer.

Performing on the Rieger organ of St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, the critically acclaimed organist Stephen Farr here presents all of MacMillan’s organ works to date, from the Wedding Introit, written for his own wedding in 1983, to the Toccata, that received its premiere in 2019.

Album Booklet (PDF)

Tracklist

1. Kenga e Krushqve (2018)

2. Gaudeamus in loci pace (1998)

St Andrews’ Suite (2013)
3. One
4. Two
5. Three

6. Offertorium (1986)

7. Le Tombeau de Georges Rouault (2003)

8. White Note Paraphrase (1994)

9. Medita

'Adam Binks's engineering is well-nigh perfect, as is Stephen Farr's immaculate playing.'

- Gramophone

'Farr has plotted a course through it all that makes for an alluringly cogent recital [... He] makes light work of [the Toccata's] formidable challenges, powering purposefully through with dauntless bravura and pungent characterisation [...] It all shows off the superb Rieger organ of St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh to thrilling effect [...] Resonus has done MacMillan proud.'
BBC Music Magazine

'Adam Binks's engineering is well-nigh perfect, as is Stephen Farr's immaculate playing.'
Gramophone

'Stephen Farr’s performance is faultless. The music calls for, and receives, the best from St. Giles’ Cathedral Rieger Organ. This is aided by the excellent recording which helps to bring out the many-dimensional sounds of Edinburgh’s Cathedral acoustic and its fantastic organ.'
MusicWeb International

Credits
© 2020 Resonus Limited
Ⓟ 2020 Resonus Limited
Catalogue No. RES10266
Producer, engineer & editor: Adam Binks
EAN: 5060262792896
Cover photograph: © Huw Morgan
Release date: 28 August 2020