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15 July 2024
Processional: Organ Music by Dom Sebastian Wolff

Richard Lea (organ of Buckfast Abbey)

The name Dom Sebastian Wolff is synonymous with the music of Buckfast Abbey. Born in Ireland in 1929, Fr Sebastian became a monk of Buckfast in 1948, and has crafted a considerable oeuvre of music including settings of the Mass, responsorial psalms for the complete three-year cycle, and a Requiem. However, it is perhaps the organ which provided his greatest compositional inspiration. In this, the first recording of his complete organ music, Richard Lea presents an authoritative account of the works, following extensive consultation with the composer. This rich corpus of composition has explored a wide range of styles, texts and musical forces, and this recording celebrates Wolff’s significant contribution to the world of organ music in the twentieth century.


Dom Sebastian Wolff, O.S.B.: Processional

Dom Sebastian Wolff, O.S.B.: Advent & Christmas

I. Advent Chorale

II. Chorale Prelude on 'O come, O come, Emmanuel' (Veni Emmanuel)

III. Chorale Prelude on 'Lo! He comes with clouds descending' (Helmsley)

IV. Chorale Partita on 'Unto us is born a Son' (Puer nobix nascitur)

V. Chorale Prelude on 'Christe Redemptor omnium'

VI. Chorale Prelude on the Somerset Carol

Dom Sebastian Wolff, O.S.B.: Fantasia & Fugue

I. Fantasia

II. Fugue

Dom Sebastian Wolff, O.S.B.: Passiontide & Easter

I. Chorale Prelude on 'O sacred head, sore wounded' (Passion Chorale)

II. Fanfare for Holy Saturday (Westminster Festival Mass)

III. Chorale Prelude on 'Auroralucis retilat'

IV. Entry for Easter Sunday Morning on 'Jesus Christ is risen today' (Easter Hymn)

V. Chorale Prelude on 'At the Lamb's high feast' (Salzberg)

VI. Fanfare for Easter Day


Dom Sebastian Wolff, O.S.B.: Carillon (Hommage à Mulet et Vierne) .

Dom Sebastian Wolff, O.S.B.: Chorale Partita on ‘Christ the Lord is risen again’ (Orientis partibus)

Dom Sebastian Wolff, O.S.B.: Introduction, Chorale & Fugue on 'Let all mortal flesh'

I. Introduction

II. Chorale

III. Fugue


Dom Sebastian Wolff, O.S.B.: Chorale Prelude on a melody by Orlando Gibbons (Song I)

Dom Sebastian Wolff, O.S.B.: Chorale Prelude on ‘Our Father’ (Vater unser im Himmelreich)

Dom Sebastian Wolff, O.S.B.: Chorale Prelude on ‘Most ancient of all mysteries’ (St Flavian)

Dom Sebastian Wolff, O.S.B.: Chorale Prelude on ‘Come, Holy Ghost’ (Tallis’ Ordinal)

Dom Sebastian Wolff, O.S.B.: Adagio & Fugue on 'Liebster Immanuel'

I. Adagio

II. Fugue


Dom Sebastian Wolff, O.S.B.: Chorale Prelude on ‘Adoro te devote’ .

Dom Sebastian Wolff, O.S.B.: For a Festive Occasion

Dom Sebastian Wolff, O.S.B.: Chorale Prelude on ‘Te beata sponsa Christi’ .

Dom Sebastian Wolff, O.S.B.: Nocturne

Dom Sebastian Wolff, O.S.B. transcr. Richard Lea: Fanfare (Cantata for a New Era)

Recorded at Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh, Devon, UK on 28th-30th May 2021
Recording Engineer: David Hinitt
Recording Producer: Philip Arkwright
Assistant Producer: Matthew Searles
Executive Producer: Philip Arkwright
Organ maintained by Gary Owens
Total Time: 93:13
Release Date: March 2023

Richard Lea (organ)Richard Lea is Organist at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool.

He studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and Christ’s and Notre Dame College in Liverpool, and was Organ Scholar at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral studying with Noel Rawsthorne, Terence Duffy and Philip Duffy. He was then Organist at the Church of St Oswald and St Edmund Arrowsmith, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Lancashire. He was appointed Organist at the Metropolitan Cathedral in 1999. From 2016 to 2018 he was Organist at Buckfast Abbey.

He has made numerous broadcasts and has recorded three discs of the music of Lefébure-Wély, the complete organ works of William Mathias and the world premiere recording of Sir John Tavener’s Requiem with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir conducted by Vasily Petrenko.

AF007     View Booklet     UPC: 0793591948560

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