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28 May 2024
David M. Patrick plays Widor, Vierne & Duruflé

David M. Patrick (organ of Coventry Cathedral / organ of Buckfast Abbey)

Celebrated for his fine interpretations of French organ repertoire, this recording is the first in a projected series of new and previous releases by David M. Patrick for Willowhayne Records.  In a letter to David M. Patrick, the late Marie-Madelaine Duruflé wrote: “Vos interpretations des oeuvres de M. Duruflé sont excellentes, je vous en félicite…bien …...Très bien …brilliant …BRAVO." The Toccata from Duruflé's Suite, Op. 5 is the final track in this release, recorded on the organ of Buckfast Abbey in December 1976. Also recorded in Buckfast Abbey in 1978 is Vierne's Organ Symphony No. 6, whilst Widor's Symphony No. 6 (played on the organ of Caventry Cathedral and recorded in August 2000) opens this magnificent programme.


Charles-Marie Widor: Organ Symphony No. 6 in G minor, Op. 42 No. 2

I. Allegro

II. Adagio

III. Intermezzo: Allegro

IV. Cantabile

V. Finale: Vivace

Louis Vierne: Organ Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 59

I. Introduction and Allegro

II. Aria

III. Scherzo

IV. Adagio

V. Final

Maurice Duruflé: Suite, Op. 5

III. Toccata

Recorded in the Coventry Cathedral, UK on 8th & 9th August 2000 (Tracks 1-5), Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh, Devon, Uk on 7th & 8th April 1978 (Tracks 6-10) & 5th December 1976 (Track 11)
Recording Engineering & Production: Paul Crichton (Tracks 1-5) & David Woodgate (Tracks 6-11)
Executive Producer: Mark Hartt-Palmer
Total Time: 75:16
Release Date: April 2023

David M. Patrick (organ)

David M. Patrick pursued his musical education at the Royal College of Music in London with distinction winning the Stuart Prize for organ in 1967 and going on to gain the much coveted Walford Davies Prize the following year. This award brought him prestigious recitals at both Westminster Cathedral and Westminster Abbey as well as the honour of being presented to H.R.H. Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.

His early decision to specialise in the romantic and modern French repertoire followed logically from his impulse to accept the highest technical and artistic challenges which the organ presents. A recording of the complete organ works of Maurice Duruflé at Coventry Cathedral in 1996 was a Critic’s Choice of the Year in the BBC Music Magazine in 1997 and in the final list of three highly recommended recordings in BBC Radio 3’s Building a Library in 2006. In a letter to David M. Patrick, the late Marie-Madeleine Duruflé wrote “Vos interprétations des oeuvres de M. Duruflé sont excellentes, je vous en félicite...bien...Très bien...brillant...BRAVO.”

In December 2020, David M. Patrick’s recording of César Franck’s Trois Chorales (recorded in St Albans Cathedral) was also included in BBC Radio 3’s Building a Library final list of recommended recordings. 

David M. Patrick has performed public concerts at many major venues in Great Britain, the USA, Canada and Europe as well as numerous recitals for BBC Radio 3 on significant British instruments. He has made numerous recordings featuring the organs of the Cathedrals of Gloucester, St Albans, Blckburn and Coventry, Katarina Kyrka in Stockholm and the Downes/Walker organ of Buckfast Abbey.

WHR083     View Booklet     UPC: 5060742690360

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