Julius Burger was a gifted Viennese musician, conductor, repetiteur, and composer poised to make his mark on early 20th Century music, that is, until the rise of antisemitism and the Nazi party forever altered his life and took him on a journey in exile, across continents and cultures, and would come to reflect the very themes of Romanticism which he cherished. Burger's varied career took him from Berlin Radio and the Kroll Opera house to the burgeoning BBC and later working with Columbia Records as well as a long tenure at the Metropolitan Opera where he coached some of the greatest voices of the 20th Century. But it wouldn't be until he was in his 90s that he would finally fulfil a lifelong dream of hearing his own compositions performed.
This album represents the first ever recordings of Julius Burger's lieder, spanning from 1915 to his final piece in 1988. These lieder show a master of his craft and a legacy from a world which was thought to have been lost. A life in exile is a heavy burden to bear and, where many lose their artistic purpose, Burger persevered. According to those who knew him, Juliue Burger considered his works to be his children, having no offspring of his own. It is our hope that with this album his children will finally step off the faded manuscript pages and into the world.
J. S. Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565Felix Mendelssohn: Organ Sonata No.3 in A major, Op.65 No.3Herbert Howells: Rhapsody No.1 in D flat major, Op.17 No.1Louis Vierne: Carillon de LongpontLouis Vierne: Berceuse
Richard Pantcheff: A prayer for Saint SebastianRichard Pantcheff: Fanfare for Saint Boniface
Richard Wagner, arr. Edwin Lemare: Siegfried Idyll, WWV 103
Charles Marie-Widor: Symphony No.5 in F minor, Op.42 No.1 (Adagio & Toccata)
Robert Jones: Menagerie Musicale
Robert Leach: Wedding March
Christopher Tambling: Fanfare: Shine, Jesus, shine
John Stanley: Voluntary in C major, Op.5 No.1
John Stanley: Voluntary in E minor, Op.5 No.4
John Stanley: Voluntary in G minor, Op.5 No.9
Johann Christian Bach: Minuet in B flat major*
George Frederic Handel: Sarabande (Suite No.1)*
*played by Kenneth Mobbs
Recorded: 29th & 30th May 2016, Arundel Cathedral, Arundel, UK
Console Assistant: Elizabeth StratfordRecording Producers: Simon Eadon & Willowhayne Records Recording Engineer: Simon EadonRelease Date: October 2016Total duration: 60:12Cover artwork: Willowhayne Records
Born and bred a Londoner, Alexander Eadon began his musical life as a chorister in the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. After five years as a Music Scholar at Harrow School and a gap year as Organ Scholar at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, he trained at the Royal Academy of Music with David Titterington and Nicolas Kynaston for organ performance; Nigel Allcoat and Lionel Rogg for improvisation and Patrick Russill for choral direction. Alongside this, he was Director of Music at Christ Church, Southgate in North London. He completed his studies as Middlesex University.
He then spent two years simultaneously as Organist at Tewkesbury Abbey and School Organist of Dean Close School, Cheltenham (where the Abbey choristers are educated) coaching the choristers and teaching within both the preparatory and senior schools. He then became Choirmaster at Oundle School and enjoyed the life of a schoolmaster – rugby coaching, being a deputy housemaster, a head of year and everything else besides in addition to his role in the music department. Whilst at Oundle School he also recorded two albums – a solo organ disc on the school’s world-renowned Frobenius instrument and a CD with the school’s choirs. Since the autumn of 2015 he has been Assistant Director of Music at Eastbourne College where, in addition to teaching, his duties include being College Organist and a house tutor. He is also an organist at Arundel Cathedral.
He is able to pursue a freelance career alongside his College duties and is regularly found on concert hall platforms and in ecclesiastical buildings the world over. Performances have included venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall as well as many UK Cathedrals in addition to tours to France and the USA. He was, for a time, in the Classic FM charts with a CD of organ and saxophone music and also enjoys singing (tenor); he was a founder member of the internationally multi-award-winning vocal ensemble The Songmen and is a regular deputy member of several Cathedral choirs.