Magazine article Gramophone

Priory Launches Complete Stanford Organ Works Series

Magazine article Gramophone

Priory Launches Complete Stanford Organ Works Series

Article excerpt

Stanford

'The Complete Organ Works, Vol 1'

Fantasia and Toccata. Op 57. Organ Sonatas

--No 1, Op 149: No 2. Op 151. Six Preludes, Op 88

Daniel Cook org

Priory [F] PRCD1095 (80' x DDD)

Played on the organ of Salisbury Cathedral

The choral music of Sir Charles Villiers Stanford has not so much remained in the repertoire of British cathedral and church choirs as been a mainstay of it for the past hundred years. Not so his organ music. Numbering something in the region of 50 pieces, including five hefty sonatas all written within the space of a year, less than a handful remain in print, let alone in the repertoire. Many, of course, have never made it to CD, so this projected series of Stanford's complete organ works performs a valuable service to one of Britain's most distinguished composers.

It is difficult to imagine that valuable service being more impressively performed than it is here. Priory has come up not merely with an exceptional recording but also with excellent packaging and coherent, distinguished notes from Jeremy Dibble. The sumptuous Willis organ of Salisbury Cathedral is one of the undisputed wonders of the British organ world: an instrument, one feels, which would sound fantastic even if a cat decided to walk up and down the Great with all stops drawn. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.