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Edward Elgar (1857-1934): Organ Works / Benjamin Nicholas, organ

Album Summary

>Elgar, Edward : Sonata for Organ in G major, Op. 28
>Elgar, Edward : 'Enigma' Variations, Op. 36
>Elgar, Edward : The Kingdom, Op. 51
>Elgar, Edward : Gavotte ("Morceau de salon"), for violin & piano in A major
>Elgar, Edward : Vesper Voluntaries (8), for organ, Op. 14
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Notes & Reviews:

The first recording of Merton's new Dobson organ - a mixed recital spanning repertoire from Bach and Stanley to Dupré and Messiaen - was designed to demonstrate the instrument's considerable versatility. But behind the contemporary sophistication of its construction and design, this is essentially an English Romantic organ with a big, warm-hearted personality, securely grounded in the aesthetic traditions of the late nineteenth century, and this second recording highlights those qualities in music by the composer who pre-eminently shares them: Edward Elgar. Benjamin Nicholas, Merton's Reed Rubin Organist and Director of Music, here proves himself a fine Elgarian and an inventive programmer, coupling Elgar's two original major works for the organ with three transcriptions - including a first recording of the superb arrangement of the Prelude to The Kingdom made by Herbert Brewer, Elgar's contemporary and the long-serving organist of Gloucester Cathedral.

MusicWeb International, June 2016

MusicWeb International, June 2016
Compelling readings... The recording is detailed with every nuance, every pianissimo and swell, warmly captured.

Organists Review, August 2016
The warmth and elegance of the instrument are mirrored in the inspired and inspirational playing... This is a recording to treasure.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (06/25/2015-06/26/2015).



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Works Details

>Elgar, Edward : Sonata for Organ in G major, Op. 28
  • Performer: Benjamin Nicholas (Organ)
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (06/25/2015-06/26/2015)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1895

>Elgar, Edward : 'Enigma' Variations, Op. 36 :: Nimrod
  • Performer: Benjamin Nicholas (Organ)
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (06/25/2015-06/26/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898-1899

>Elgar, Edward : The Kingdom, Op. 51 :: Prelude
  • Performer: Benjamin Nicholas (Organ)
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (06/25/2015-06/26/2015)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1905-1906

>Elgar, Edward : Gavotte ("Morceau de salon"), for violin & piano in A major
  • Performer: Benjamin Nicholas (Organ)
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (06/25/2015-06/26/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885

>Elgar, Edward : Vesper Voluntaries (8), for organ, Op. 14
  • Performer: Benjamin Nicholas (Organ)
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (06/25/2015-06/26/2015)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1889-1890