The Opening of Heaven: King, Stanford, Howells, Hurd, Hancock / Bruce Neswick

Audio Samples

>King, Larry : Fanfares to the Tongues of Fire
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Sonata for organ No 5 in A major, Op. 159 "Quasi una fantasia"
>Howells, Herbert : Siciliano for a High Ceremony, for organ
>Hurd, David : Te Deum Laudamus, for organ
>Hancock, Gerre : Variations on "Ora Labora" for organ

Album Summary

>King, Larry : Fanfares to the Tongues of Fire
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Sonata for organ No 5 in A major, Op. 159 "Quasi una fantasia"
>Howells, Herbert : Siciliano for a High Ceremony, for organ
>Hurd, David : Te Deum Laudamus, for organ
>Hancock, Gerre : Variations on "Ora Labora" for organ
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Organist Bruce Neswick is the Director of Music at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Active in the field of church music, Mr. Neswick holds the Fellowship degree from the Royal School of Church Music. He is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University and the Yale School of Music as well as the Institute of Sacred Music.

American Record Guide, July / August 2012
An easy to follow, clearly structured conclusion is Hancock's treatment of Ora Labora, a well-known tune written by T Tertius Noble. Hancock's skill in improvisation undoubtedly supplied the fodder for this brief collection of theme treatments. For all its brevity, I find it the best thing on this recording.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. John the Divine Cathedral, New York, NY (10/19/2010-10/21/2010).



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Works Details

>King, Larry : Fanfares to the Tongues of Fire
  • Performer: Bruce Neswick (Organ)
  • Notes: St. John the Divine Cathedral, New York, NY (10/19/2010-10/21/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1978

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Sonata for organ No 5 in A major, Op. 159 "Quasi una fantasia"
  • Performer: Bruce Neswick (Organ)
  • Notes: St. John the Divine Cathedral, New York, NY (10/19/2010-10/21/2010)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 05/1918

>Howells, Herbert : Siciliano for a High Ceremony, for organ
  • Performer: Bruce Neswick (Organ)
  • Notes: St. John the Divine Cathedral, New York, NY (10/19/2010-10/21/2010)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Hurd, David : Te Deum Laudamus, for organ
  • Performer: Bruce Neswick (Organ)
  • Notes: St. John the Divine Cathedral, New York, NY (10/19/2010-10/21/2010)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1981

>Hancock, Gerre : Variations on "Ora Labora" for organ
  • Performer: Bruce Neswick (Organ)
  • Notes: St. John the Divine Cathedral, New York, NY (10/19/2010-10/21/2010)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary