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26 May 2024
Pictures at an Exhibition: The Ruffatti Organ of Buckfast Abbey

Martin Baker (organ of Buckfast Abbey)

Martin Baker plays works selected from his inaugural concert on the acclaimed new organ of Buckfast Abbey. This magnificent instrument – the largest in the South West of England – was the first built in the United Kingdom by the renowned Italian organ builder Fratelli Ruffatti. Martin’s programme opens with music by Dom Sebastian Wolff, the Abbey’s long-serving monk, composer and organist. Other works explore each nuance and tonal variety of this innovative instrument, located in both the Quire and West Gallery of the Abbey Church. The recital culminates in Martin’s own organ transcription of Mussorgsky’s evocative Pictures at an Exhibition.


Dom Sebastian Wolff, O.S.B.: Fanfare for Easter Day

Johann Sebastian Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582

I. Passacaglia


Nicolas de Grigny: Ré cit de tierce en taille (Livre d’orgue)

Joseph Jongen: Chant de mai, Op. 53 No. 1

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

I. Allegro

Modest Mussorgsky transcr. Martin Baker: Pictures at an Exhibition

I. Promenade

II. Gnomus

III. Promenade

IV. Il vecchio castello

V. Promenade

VI. Tuileries (dispute d'enfants après jeux)

VII. Bydlo

VIII. Promenade

IX. Balet nevylupivshikhsya ptsentsov

X. Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuÿle

XI. Promenade

XII. Limoges. Le marché (La grande nouvelle)

XIII. Catacombae (Sepulcrum romanum)

XIV. Con mortuis in lingua mortua

XV. Izbushka na kuryik nozhkakh (Baba Yaga)

XVI. Bogatyrskiye vorota (V stolnom gorode vo Kiyeve)

Recorded at Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh, Devon, UK on 1st–3rd April 2019
Recording Engineer: DAVID HINITT
Recording Producer: ADRIAN PEACOCK
Assistant Producer: MATTHEW SEARLES
Executive Producer: PHILIP ARKWRIGHT
Organ maintained by Gary Owens
Total Time: 74:19
Release Date: March 2023

Martin Baker (organ)Born in Manchester in 1967, Martin Baker studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, Chetham’s School of Music, and Downing College, Cambridge, then held positions at London’s Westminster and St Paul’s Cathedrals before being appointed to Westminster Abbey at the age of 24. In 2000 he returned to Westminster Cathedral as Master of Music, where he is responsible for directing the world renowned choir in its daily choral programme and busy schedule of concerts, tours and recordings. Martin Baker is also much sought after as an organist, playing frequent solo concerts in the UK and around the world.

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