Notes & Reviews:
Ben van Oosten met with an enthusiastic response for his captivating program featuring English organ music of the nineteenth century on Vol. 1. Now, on Vol. 2 of his Festival of English Organ Music, this master of the romantic organ presents veritable hits as well as original compositions and arrangements that are entirely unknown.
Works by Samuel Wesley, Frank Bridge, John Ireland, Alfred Hollins, and Henry Smart are also in the best hands with Ben van Oosten. Hardly any other organ virtuoso can draw on such extensive experience with organ music from the late romantic period. The grand Henry Willis organ in the Salisbury Cathedral was regarded as the world's most beautiful instrument when it was built and has been preserved unchanged through to the present. Van Oosten and Willis - the ideal team for this long-overdue rediscovery of English organ artistry.