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,
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
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