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26 November 2022
The Alexandra Palace Organ: Complete HMV Recordings

Reginald Goss-Custard,Walter G. Alcock,b George Thalben-Ball,Herbert Ellingford,George D. Cunningham,e & Marcel Dupréf (organ of Alexandra Palace)

This release showcases the talent of some of the world's most brilliant organists from the first half of the 20th century. The Henry Willis organ of the Alexandra Palace was a masterpiece of organ building and HMV used it for the records on this release fresh from the 1929 rebuild in 1930/1. Marcel Dupré plays mainly the works of J.S. Bach. The legendary George D. Cunningham features the music of Elgar, Bach and Widor. There is more Bach, Karg-Elert and plenty of transcriptions performed by the other artists.

For the first time, the original 78rpm records are presented here complete. Some are very rare and all have been painstakingly restored using state-of-the-art digital equipment. Every effort has been made not to 'over-cook' the processing so that the sound retains treble and sparkle, so you can hear the voicing of the organ and the Palace's 'then' unique acoustic clarity.

2-CDs

£15.00
MUSHOD0121CD

Edward MacDowell: Sea Pieces

No. 3: A.D. MDCXX (a)

 

Montague Phillips: A Forest Melody (a)

Trinoe: An Old Church Legend (a)

H.A. Wheeldon: Minster Bells (a)

Camille Saint-Saëns: Le carnaval des animaux

XIII. Le cygne (a)

 

Edward MacDowell: To a Wild Rose (a)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude and Fugue in C minor, BWV 546

I. Prelude (b)

II. Fugue (b)

 

Jean Sibelius: Finlandia, Op. 26 (c)

Sigfrid Karg-Elert: In dulci jubilo, Op. 75 No. 2 (d)

Sigfrid Karg-Elert: Wie Schon Leuchtet der Morgenstern - Op.65 No. 44 (d)

Richard Wagner: Bridal March (Lohengrin) (c)

Edward Elgar: Organ Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 28

I. Allegro maestoso (e)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata and Fugue in C major, BWV 564

I. Toccata (e)

II. Fugue (e)

Charles-Marie Widor: Symphony No. 8 in B major, Op. 42 No. 4

VI. Finale (e)

 

Samuel Sebastian Wesley: Holdsworthy Church Bells (c)

Richard Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries (c)

Richard Wagner: Grand March (Tannhauser) (c)

Charles-Marie Widor: Symphony No. 5 in F minor, Op. 42 No. 1

I. Allegro vivace (f)

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

I. Allegro (f) 

 

Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata in D minor, BWV 538 'Dorian' (f)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Chorale Prelude on In dir ist freude, BWV 615 (f)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Sinfonia (Cantata No. 29), BWV 29 (f)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude and Fugue in C minor, BWV 546

I. Prelude (f)

II. Fugue (f)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude and Fugue in E minor, BWV 548

I. Prelude (f)

II. Fugue (f)

 

Johann Sebastian Bach: Chorale Prelude 'Valet will ich dir geben', BWV 736 (f)

César Franck: Prélude, Fugue et Variation in B minor, FWV 30 (f)

Recorded in Alexandra Palace, London, UK on 21st January 1930-16th July 1931
Mastering: Donald MacKenzie
Recording Editing: Peter Seabourne
Total Time: 140:18
Release Date: October 2022

MUSHOS0121     View Booklet     UPC: 5060742690247

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