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Rejoice and be Merry! Music for Christmas by Briggs, Barber, Vaughan Williams, Harwood, Ireland / Paul Walton, organ

Notes & Reviews:

American Record Guide, November/December 2013
The opening work - a big showpiece for the organ - is by Saint-Martin, who was between Vierne and Cochereau at Notre Dame in Paris. The closing piece is by Cochereau and is again based on 'Adeste Fidelis'. John Ireland's piece, 'The Holy Boy', has been heard in dozens of arrangements - most of them, I think, by the composer himself. There are even words to this composed carol: 'Lowly Laid in a Manger', seldom heard in this country. The organ at Bristol Cathedral is also largely a 20th Century phenomenon. It is one of the finest examples of the English romantic organ to this day. It is beautifully played and recorded here.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
The organ of Bristol Cathedral in its present form dates from the instrument built in 1907 by Walker, who incorporated pipework from previous instruments. A thorough restoration was carried out by Mander in 1989, producing what Paul Walton declares to be "one of the finest examples of the English romantic organ to be found anywhere in the world". As heard here the organ tone is rich but with a clarity that prevents even thickly written and fully registered works from sounding jumbled. Walton's playing is generally fluent and stylish.

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Paul Walton (organ).

Recording information: Bristol Cathedral (09/26/2012-09/28/2012).


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