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MUSIC FOR ORGAN: Volume 2.
Matthew CAMIDGE: Concerto No.2 in G minor. J.S.BACH: Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV536 and Chorale Preludes on ĎLiebster Jesuí, BWV730 & 731. GUILMANT: Sonata No.3. Ian MILNES: Elegy; Meditation on a Nunc Dimittis in the Dorian Mode. Ronald FROST: Variations on St. Peter. Douglas STEELE: Intrada; Chorale Prelude on Cockerís "Ryburn"; On the Triad. LISZT: Fantasia on BACH.
RONALD FROST (organ, St. Annís, Manchester).
Rec 2001
DUNELM RECORDS DRD0170 [63.00?]


This disc is one of two recorded by Dunelm at St. Annís, Manchester where Ronald Frost is Organist (the organís specification and history appears in the booklet). The other CD, DRD0167, contains no British music but the British pieces on this one are all of interest.

Camidgeís Concerto, sounding as though it was composed around 1780, at the latest, though its date could be considerably later (Camidge, one of a dynasty who were York Minster Organists, lived until 1844), is enjoyable and fairly familiar, having been recorded at least twice in the LP era. Ian Milnesí two pieces are both transcriptions from earlier works by him but they work well on the organ, though the Meditation clearly shows its choral provenance. Mr. Frostís Variations are inventive; the astringency of the final fugue is happily resolved at the very end. Douglas Steele Ė incidentally his dates are 1910-1998, not, as stated here, 1910-38* Ė I have encountered previously and like the charm of his music. The Intrada is, as Mr. Frostís note puts it, strikingly like Percy Whitlock; Ryburn contains a brief quotation from Gerontius ; and On the Triad is spiced at the climax with high, triumphant chords.

Ronald Frost, one of our finest organists, plays this music (and Bach, Guilmant and Liszt) thoughtfully and with great accomplishment. Excellent recording and good presentation. Recommended.

* Corrected in the later printing

P.L. Scowcroft

Dunelm Records, 2 Park Close, Glossop, Derbyshire SK13 7RQ
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