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The Grand Organ of Canterbury Cathedral / John Robinson [DVD]

Album Summary

>Mussorgsky, Modest : Pictures at an exhibition
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582
>Hollins, Alfred : Song of Sunshine for organ
>Gibbons, Orlando : Ground for Keyboard in A minor
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Cathedral Organ was built in 1886 by Henry Willis and has been enlarged four times since then, with the latest rebuild having taken place in 1978. Organist John Robinson is director of music at St. Paul's Church in Boston. He was an organ scholar at Canterbury Cathedral and served as assistant organist there.

"This DVD is a real treat, living up to Priory’s exceptionally high standards and pretty much exemplifying what a music DVD should be. John Robinson has organised a programme of organ music for Canterbury based around the idea of travelling... He chooses organ pieces that revolve around the device of structured movement, most notably the passacaglia, chaconne and ground bass. It’s highly effective as a concept and they’re all very well played, from the raw, hoary grandeur of Shostakovich’s Passacaglia, used in Lady Macbeth, to the gentler, more familiar tones of Pachelbel’s Canon, here working very well in Robinson’s own transcription... The quality of sound on the DVD is exemplary, each of the six speakers being used expertly to create a perfect sense of space, and the two documentaries are also excellent: Robinson talks intelligently about the choices he made in putting together the programme (9 minutes) and we are given a well managed tour of the organ itself in another extra (20 minutes). The quality of sound on the accompanying CD is bright and crystal clear, but the excellence of approach on the DVD makes this an immeasurably richer experience than the CD. This will give tremendous pleasure to any discerning music-lover, and it’s one that should be watched by music producers to show them how a music DVD should be done." -MusicWeb-International



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Works Details

>Mussorgsky, Modest : Pictures at an exhibition :: 1. Promenade 1
  • Performer: John Robinson (Organ)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582
  • Performer: John Robinson (Organ)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1708-1712

>Hollins, Alfred : Song of Sunshine for organ
  • Performer: John Robinson (Organ)
  • Period Time: Modern

>Gibbons, Orlando : Ground for Keyboard in A minor
  • Performer: John Robinson (Organ)
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 17th Century