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The Organs of Oxford Vol1 (OXCD-41)


OXCD-41
Sheldonian Theatre (Harrison & Harrison) - Robin Kimber
1. Sonata in G (Op 28) First Movement – Elgar
2. Elegy – Thalben-Ball
3. Fantaisie in E flat – Saint-Saëns
Magdalen College Chapel (Mander) - Magnus Williamson with Nicholas O'Neill
4. A verse (In Nomine) – Nicholas Carleton
5. A Fancy for two to play – Tomkins
6. (Verse) in A (minor) – Christopher Gibbons
7. Voluntary in A – John James
8. Postlude in D minor (Op 106, No 6) – Stanford
The Queen's College Chapel (Frobenius) - James Dalton
  • 9. Chorale and variations on Sei gegrüsset, Jesu gütig (BWV 768) – J S Bach
New College Chapel (Grant, Degens & Bradbeer) - David Burchell
  • 10. Praeludium in E minor – Bruhns
  • 11. Suite du Premier Ton –  Clérambault
    12. Basse et Dessus de Trompette ou de Cornet séparé  
    13. Dialogue sur les grands Jeux  
  • 14. Moto Ostinato from Sunday Music Suite –  Eben

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An anthology of eight organs from the City and University of Oxford. Various organists including Stephen Darlington and James Dalton. Volume 1 has the last recording of the Sheldonian pipeorgan which is no longer in use. Volume 2 only available for download. (Please see catalogue for track details).

Sheldonian Theatre
Magdalen College
The Queen's College
New College

OXFORD TODAY (March 1992)
"Players of stature and music of quality join with some of Oxford's most distinguished instruments; splendid in conception, the recording is quite magnificent in fruition."
The Diapason (March 1994)
A varied program of music on an equally diverse selection of Oxford organs is the bill of fare here, and an appetizing one at that.Sweelinck rubs shoulders with Whitlock, Elgar with Eben, Father Willis with Metzler. Some of these instruments are newcomers to the recording catalogues, others have been ensconced comfortably therein for a number of years. A number of organists make their recording debuts here; names such as Stephen Darlington and James Dalton, on the other hand, will be known to collectors of organ LPs and CDs. The choice of organists is a felicitous one, the standard of playing uniformly high. .... OxRecs has succeded in their goal of providing a faithful sound documentary of these organs, and deserved whole-hearted support and encouragement in this extremely laudible enterprise. Either disc would make a good purchase or gift; my recommendation would be to buy both.
Organists' Review (December 1991)
What a splendid venture this is. OxRecs has taken the utmost trouble to produce a series of performances which both capture the essence of these instruments and are also recorded using state-of-the-art digital techniques and B&K 4003 microphones, raising funds for the "Campaign for Oxford". The three least-recorded instruments here are the Sheldonian, Town Hall and the Holywell Music Room. The Sheldonian possesses a 1963 Harrision & Harrison rebuild of a Willis; it still has much Father Willis pipework but within a mould might be described as "reduced Coventry Cathedral". It certainly sounds its best in the first movement of the Elgar Sonata, in the Thalben-Ball Elegy, and in the Saint-Saëns Rhapsody in Eflat in the hands of Robin Kimber. Similarly the sonorous 1897 (unaltered) Father Willis in the Town Hall romps its way splendidly through Mendelssohn's Third Sonata and Brewer's Marche Héroïque, with David Swinson making of Whitlock's Folk Tune pure poetry. [extracted from full review]

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