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'The Merton Organ'

Magazine article Gramophone

'The Merton Organ'

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'The Merton Organ'

JS Bach Cantata No 22--'Ertodt uns durch dein' Gute' (arr Durufle). Cantata No 29--Sinfonia (arr Dupre). Toccata and Fugue, BWV565 Dupre Cortege et Litanie Franck Piece heroique Langlais Dialogue sur les mixtures Mendelssohn Andante and Variations Messiaen Priere apres la Communion Stanley Voluntary, Op 6 No 2 Vierne Clair de lune. Carillon de Westminster

Benjamin Nicholas org

Delphian [F] DCD34142 (72' * DDD). Played on the Dobson organ of Merton College, Oxford

All the main suspects are here: Bach, Franck, Vierne, Messiaen. Sometimes they pair up-the disc opens with Marcel Dupre's grandiose reworking of a Bach Sinfonia; the French outnumber the Germans by six to two; there is just one Briton; and the vast bulk of the music dates from the late 19th/ early 20th centuries. This is not a disc to seek out on repertory alone. If you like organ music, you will already have versions of just about everything here. Neither is it a disc which offers anything notable in the way of interpretative insight, the two Bach transcriptions, along with the Piece heroique, possessing a somewhat pedestrian quality as they revisit their very familiar pathways. …

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