This album tracks an imaginary journey around European cities in 20th century organ music spanning some 50 years. From the operatic Adorazione by Oreste Ravanello to Markus Kühnis' Variations on the Swiss Song 'Stets I Truure, mues I läbe with Carl Nielsen's Commotio as the central 'stop' of this recording, this release shows Keith John and the organ of Gloucester Cathedral at their very best.
Keith John studied with Jean Guillou, whose Toccata, Op.9 is also recorded here. He has previously recorded several discs for Priory Records and Hyperion Records, and this is his first release on the Willowhayne Records label.
Hendrik Andriessen: Thema met Variaties (1949)
Oreste Ravanello: Adorazione
Jean Guillou: Toccata, Op.9
Peter Hurford: Suite 'Laudate Dominum'
Carl Nielsen: Commotio, Op.58
Markus Kühnis: Variations on the Swiss song 'Stets I Truure mues I läbe
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Recorded: 13th-14th & 16th-17th August 2012, Gloucester Cathedral, UK
Front Cover Design: Breed Media
Photography: Grace Willmott, Carol John & Flash Bang Studios, Worthing
Organ Tuning & Maintenance: James Atherton, Nicholson & Co (Worcester)
Recording Producers: John Balsdon & Mark Hartt-Palmer
Recording Engineers: Mark Hartt-Palmer & John Balsdon
Release Date: September 2013
Total Duration: 70:47
"first rate," and the review closes with the following: "From a musician of extraordinary breadth of ability and imagination, this landmark CD from Gloucester rises effortlessly above more routine releases through the qualities of Keith John's performances and programme-planning. This is definitely one not to be missed." - Organists' Review Editor's Choice