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16 April 2024
Symphonie Romane: Organ Music by Dupré, Widor & Tournemire

Peter Stevens (organ of Buckfast Abbey)

Peter Stevens plays works by three towering figures of the French organ world. Charles-Marie Widor’s Symphonie Romane is a radiant meditation on the Gregorian chants of Easter Sunday, and the Fantaisie-Choral from Tournemire’s L’Orgue Mystique is a deeply spiritual reflection on two of the best-known chants of Pentecost: Veni Sancte Spiritus and Veni Creator Spiritus. Two contrasting pieces by Marcel Dupré bookend the programme: his Cortège et Litanie is probably his best-loved work for the organ, while the uninhibited confidence of the Deuxième Symphonie shows a different side of the composer’s personality; its visceral and hard-hitting textures given electrifying voice by the Ruffatti organ of Buckfast Abbey.


Marcel Dupré: 4 pièces, Op. 19

II. Cortège et litanie

Charles-Marie Widor: Symphonie Romane, Op. 73

I. Moderato

II. Choral

III. Cantilène

IV. Finale

Charles Tournemire: L'Orgue Mystique, Volume 25

V. Fantaisie-Choral

Marcel Dupré: Deuxième Symphonie, Op. 26

I. Preludio

II. Intermezzo

III. Toccata

Recorded at Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh, Devon, UK on 11th & 12th September 2020
Recording Engineer: David Hinitt
Recording Producer: Jonathan Allsopp
Assistant Producer: Matthew Searles
Executive Producer: Philip Arkwright
Organ maintained by Gary Owens
Total Time: 68:55
Release Date: March 2023

Peter Stevens (organ)Peter Stevens is Assistant Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral. Born in Lancashire in 1987, he was educated at Chetham’s School of Music, subsequently holding organ scholarships at Manchester Cathedral, St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, and King’s College, Cambridge. He came to Westminster Cathedral in 2010, taking up his present position the following year. In addition to accompanying the Cathedral Choir in their daily services, recordings and concerts, he has given solo recitals across the UK and Europe. In 2013 Peter became Director of the Schola Cantorum of the Edington Festival, following three years as Festival Organist. His teachers have included Thomas Trotter, David Briggs, and Colin Walsh.





AF006     View Booklet     UPC: 0793591948553

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