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English Organ Anthology
Stanley to Wesley on period instruments-5 CD
Vol.1 CD 1
John READING (1685-1764)

Air for French Horns and Flutes - Andante [4.03]
John STANLEY (1713-1786)

Voluntary Op. 7 No. 3 in D minor
i. Adagio (Diapasons) [1.05]
ii. Allegro (Cornet) [3.34]
Voluntary Op. 5 No. 10 in A minor
i. Adagio (Full Organ) [1.41]
ii. Allegro (Full Organ) [3.11]
Voluntary Op. 5 No. 7 in G minor
i. Adagio (Diapasons) [1.11]
ii. Allegro (Cornet) [2.41]
Voluntary Op. 6 No. 8 in A minor
i. Largo (Full Organ) [1.42]
ii. Vivace [2.31]
Voluntary Op. 6 No. 5 in D minor and major
i. Adagio (Diapasons) [1.41]
ii. Andante largo (Trumpet) [1.57]
iii. Moderato (Vox Humana) [2.45]
George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759)

Fugue in G minor [4.11]
Fugue in B flat [3.22]
Thomas ROSEINGRAVE (1690-1766)

Voluntary in G minor [2.06]
John TRAVERS (c1703-1758)

Voluntary in D minor and major
i. A slow movement [2.02]
ii. A movement for the trumpet [3.16]
William WALOND (1725-1770)

Voluntary in A minor
i. Slow movement [1.52]
ii. Allegro (Flute) [2.12]
William RUSSELL (1777-1813)

Voluntary in E minor
i. Largo [3.25]
ii. Fugue: Allegro [2.56]
iii. Andantino [1.31]
Samuel WESLEY (1766-1837)

Short Piece No. 12 in D [1.42]
Short Piece No. 7 in A minor [1.39]
Voluntary Op. 6 No. 1 in D minor and major
i. Adagio [2.52]
ii. Allegro moderato [3.19]
iii. Spiritoso [4.01]
Jennifer Bate (Organ)
Period organs: Father Smith, c.1693, Adlington Hall, Macclesfield, Cheshire. Snetzler, 1764, Dolmetsch Collection, Dolmetsch Studio transported in Haslemere, Surrey. Avery, 1786, The Chapel of St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall. England, c.1790, The Iveagh Bequest, Kenwood House, Hampstead, London. Gray, 1807, Killerton House, Broadclyst, Devon. Allen, 1839, Chapel of Our Lady and St.Everilda, Everingham, Yorkshire.
Recorded at The Iveagh Bequest, Kenwood House, Hampstead, London: 8 and 9 November 1989, The Chapel of St Michael`s Mount, Cornwall: 10 and 12 February 1990, Killerton House, Broadclyst, Exeter: 14 February 1990, The Dolmetsch Foundation, Haslemere, Surrey; 14 March 1990, Chapel of Our Lady and St. Everilda, Everingham, Yorkshire: 21 March 1990, Adlington Hall, Macclesfield, Cheshire: 22 March 1990
REGIS RRC 1113 [69.22]
Vol.2 CD 1
Maurice GREENE (1695-1755)

Voluntary in C minor
i. Largo [2.14]
ii. Vivace [2.43]
John STANLEY (1713-1786)

Voluntary Op. 6 No. 9 in E minor
i. Adagio (Full Organ) [1.43]
ii. Andante [2.28]
Voluntary Op. 6 No. 7 in G
i. Largo (Full Organ) [2.03]
ii. Vivace [2.10]
Voluntary Op. 7 No. 2 in C
i. Adagio (Diapasons) [1.11]
ii. Movement for the Ttrumpet and Vox Humana [2.41]
Voluntary Op. 5 No. 9 in G minor
i. Largo (Full Organ) [1.55]
ii. Allegro (Full Organ) [3.03]
Voluntary Op. 5 No. 6 in D minor
i. Adagio (Diapasons) [1.09]
ii. Allegro (Cornet) [2.35]
George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759)

Voluntary in C
i. Grave [2.18]
ii. Allegro [2.23]
Fugue in A minor [5.06]
Samuel LONG (18th C-dates unknown)

i. Largo [1.34]
ii. Allegro [2.08]
William WALOND (1725-1770)

Voluntary in B minor
i. Andante [1.40]
ii. Allegro moderato [3.19]
James NARES (1715-1783)

Introduction and Fugue in F
i. Largetto [3.50]
ii. Allegro moderato [3.00]
William RUSSELL (1777-1813)

Voluntary in A minor
i. Largo [2.34]
ii. Fugue: Allegro [3.54]

Samuel WESLEY (1766-1837)
Short Piece No. 9 in F [2.14]
Voluntary Op. 6 No. 3 in C minor
i. Largo [2.35]
ii. (Fugue Segue) [3.59]
Voluntary Op. 6 No. 9 in G minorandmajor
i. Largetto [3.17]
ii. Moderato [5.01]
Jennifer Bate (Organ)
Period organs: Father Smith, c.1693, Adlington Hall, Macclesfield,Cheshire. Snetzler, 1764, Dolmetsch Collection, Dolmetsch Studio transported in Haslemere, Surrey. Avery, 1786, The Chapel of St Michael`s Mount, Cornwall. England, c.1790, The Iveagh Bequest, Kenwood House, Hampstead, London. Gray, 1807, Killerton House, Broadclyst, Devon. Allen, 1839, Chapel of Our Lady and St.Everilda, Everingham, Yorkshire.
Recorded at The Iveagh Bequest, Kenwood House, Hampstead, London: 8 and 9 November 1989, The Chapel of St Michael`s Mount, Cornwall: 10 and 12 February 1990, Killerton House, Broadclyst, Exeter: 14 February 1990, The Dolmetsch Foundation, Haslemere, Surrey; 14 March 1990, Chapel of Our Lady and St. Everilda, Everingham, Yorkshire: 21 March 1990, Adlington Hall, Macclesfield, Cheshire: 22 March 1990
Regis RRC 2058-A [75.31]
Vol.2 CD 2
Maurice GREENE (1695-1755)

Voluntary in B minor
i. Largo [1.37]
ii. Vivace [2.46]
John STANLEY (1713-1786)

Voluntary Op. 6 No. 6 in D
i. Adagio (Diapasons) [1.02]
ii. Trumpet Andante [1.44]
iii. Adagio [1.37]
iv. Allegro moderato (Echo`s and Flute) [2.52]
Voluntary Op. 7 No. 6 in F
i. Andante [1.29]
ii. Vivace (Corno or Diapasons) [3.02]
Voluntary Op. 6 No. 10 in G minor
i. Grave (Full Organ) [1.40]
ii. Andante [3.18]
Voluntary Op. 7 No. 1 in A
i. Adagio (Diapasons) [2.13]
ii. Allegro (Cornet) [3.24]
Voluntary Op. 6 No. 1 in D minor
i. Siciliano [1.25]
ii. Andante (Echo and Vox Humana) [3.06]
William WALOND (1725-1770)

Voluntary in G
i. Adagio [1.47]
ii. Allegro (Cornet) [2.15]
George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759)

Fugue in B minor [5.58]
Voluntary in C
i. Largo [1.34]
ii. Andante (Trumpet) [2.37]
Charles BURNEY (1726-1814)

Cornet piece in E minor (from Voluntary No. 1 in E minor) [2.39]
William RUSSELL (1777-1813)

Voluntary in A
i. Siciliano [2.36]
ii. Allegro moderato [4.29]
Thomas Sanders DUPUIS (1733-1796)

Voluntary in Bflat
i. Adagio [1.23]
ii. Moderato [1.47]
iii. Fugue [1.54]
Samuel WESLEY (1766-1837)

Short Piece No. 8 in F [1.54]
Short Piece No. 6 in A minor [2.27]
Voluntary Op. 6 No. 6 in C
i. Largo e Maestoso [2.32]
ii. Andante Largetto [5.51]
Period organs: Father Smith, c.1693, Adlington Hall, Macclesfield,Cheshire. Snetzler, 1764, Dolmetsch Collection, Dolmetsch Studio transported in Haslemere, Surrey. Avery, 1786, The Chapel of St Michael`s Mount, Cornwall. England, c.1790, The Iveagh Bequest, Kenwood House, Hampstead, London. Gray, 1807, Killerton House, Broadclyst, Devon. Allen, 1839, Chapel of Our Lady and St.Everilda, Everingham, Yorkshire.
Recorded at The Iveagh Bequest, Kenwood House, Hampstead, London: 8 and 9 November 1989, The Chapel of St Michael`s Mount, Cornwall: 10 and 12 February 1990, Killerton House, Broadclyst, Exeter: 14 February 1990, The Dolmetsch Foundation, Haslemere, Surrey; 14 March 1990, Chapel of Our Lady and St. Everilda, Everingham, Yorkshire: 21 March 1990, Adlington Hall, Macclesfield, Cheshire: 22 March 1990
REGIS RRC 2058-B [73.56]
Vol.3 CD 1
William CROFT (1678-1727)

Voluntary in D
i. Introduction [0.40]
ii. Fugue [3.27]
Maurice GREENE (1695-1755)

Voluntary in E flat
i. Largo [1.49]
ii. Vivace [1.31]
John STANLEY (1713-1786)

Voluntary Op. 6 No. 4 in F
i. Adagio (Diapasons) [1.43]
ii. Andante (Corno or Diapasons) [3.32]
Voluntary Op. 5 No. 1 in C
i. Adagio (Diapasons) [1.13]
ii. Andante (Trumpet and Eccho) [2.20]
iii. Slow (on the Swell organ) [0.56]
iv. Allegro (Echos and Flute) [3.01]
Voluntary Op. 7 No. 8 in A minor
i. Andante staccato [0.49]
-Allegro (segue) [2.36]
ii. Adagio [0.20]
iii. Fugue [2.22]
Voluntary Op. 5 No. 8 in D minor
i. Allegro (Full Organ) [2.12]
ii. Adagio [2.19]
iii. Allegro (Full Organ) [3.38]

William WALOND (1725-1770)
Voluntary in G
i. Grave [1.58]
ii. Movement for the Cornet [3.38]
George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759)

Fugue in C minor [4.09]
Voluntary in G minor
i. Slow [1.29]
ii. Allegro (Cornet) [2.59]
Charles BURNEY (1726-1814)

Fugue in F minor [3.22]
John KEEBLE (1711-1786)

Select Piece No. 1 in G
i. Andante [1.41]
ii. Largo [2.36]
iii. Adagio ad Libitum [0.52]
iv. Fugue [3.21]
Samuel WESLEY (1766-1837)

Voluntary Op. 6 No. 10 in F
i. Andante largetto [2.50]
ii. Moderato [1.45]
iii. Lento [1.44]
iv. Allegretto [3.02]
Period organs: Father Smith, c.1693, Adlington Hall, Macclesfield, Cheshire. Snetzler, 1764, Dolmetsch Collection, Dolmetsch Studio transported in Haslemere, Surrey. Avery, 1786, The Chapel of St Michael`s Mount, Cornwall. England, c.1790, The Iveagh Bequest, Kenwood House, Hampstead, London. Gray, 1807, Killerton House, Broadclyst, Devon. Allen, 1839, Chapel of Our Lady and St.Everilda, Everingham, Yorkshire.
Recorded at The Iveagh Bequest, Kenwood House, Hampstead, London: 8 and 9 November 1989, The Chapel of St Michael`s Mount, Cornwall: 10 and 12 February 1990, Killerton House, Broadclyst, Exeter: 14 February 1990, The Dolmetsch Foundation, Haslemere, Surrey; 14 March 1990, Chapel of Our Lady and St. Everilda, Everingham, Yorkshire: 21 March 1990, Adlington Hall, Macclesfield, Cheshire: 22 March 1990
REGIS RRC 2059-A [70.41]
Vol.3 CD 2
William BOYCE (1710-1779)

Voluntary in D
i. Larghetto [1.49]
ii. Vivace (Trumpet) [2.44]
John STANLEY (1713-1786)

Voluntary Op. 7 No. 7 in E minor
i. Adagio (Diapasons) [1.39]
ii. Movement for the Cornet [2.25]
Voluntary Op. 6 No. 2 in A minor
i. Andante (Diapasons) [1.58]
ii. Allegro (Cornet) [3.35]
Voluntary Op. 7 No. 9 in G
i. Largo (Full Organ) [1.21]
ii. Vivace [2.37]
Voluntary Op. 7 No. 4 in D minor
i. Adagio (Diapasons) [2.06]
ii. Andante (Bassoon) [3.33]
Simon STUBLEY (?-1754)

Voluntary in C
i. Adagio (Diapasons) [1.24]
ii. Movement for the Trumpet [1.54]
George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759)

Fugue in C [4.37]
Voluntary in C [
i. Slow movement [1.55]
ii. Allegro [1.28]
Thomas ROSEINGRAVE (1690-1766)

Fugue No. XIII in Emin. [2.57]
Henry HERON (18th century)

Voluntary in G
i. Largo [1.02]
ii. Fugue [1.33]
William RUSSELL (1777-1813)

Voluntary in F
i. Andantino [3.33]
ii. Allegretto [4.06]
James HOOK (1746-1827)

Voluntary in C minor
i. Prelude-Adagio [1.18]
ii. Fuga-Moderato [3.58]
Samuel WESLEY (1766-1837)

Voluntary Op. 6 No. 7 in E flat
i. Largo [2.49]
ii. Andante quasi allegretto [1.31]
iii. Moderato [3.49]
Voluntary in B flat
i. Moderately slow [2.02]
ii. Lively [2.12]
iii. Fuga [4.50]
Period organs: Father Smith, c.1693, Adlington Hall, Macclesfield, Cheshire. Snetzler, 1764, Dolmetsch Collection, Dolmetsch Studio transported in Haslemere, Surrey. Avery, 1786, The Chapel of St Michael`s Mount, Cornwall. England, c.1790, The Iveagh Bequest, Kenwood House, Hampstead, London. Gray, 1807, Killerton House, Broadclyst, Devon. Allen, 1839, Chapel of Our Lady and St.Everilda, Everingham, Yorkshire.
Recorded at The Iveagh Bequest, Kenwood House, Hampstead, London: 8 and 9 November 1989, The Chapel of St Michael`s Mount, Cornwall: 10 and 12 February 1990, Killerton House, Broadclyst, Exeter: 14 February 1990, The Dolmetsch Foundation, Haslemere, Surrey; 14 March 1990, Chapel of Our Lady and St. Everilda, Everingham, Yorkshire: 21 March 1990, Adlington Hall, Macclesfield, Cheshire: 22 March 1990
REGIS RRC 2059-B [70.49]

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This re-mastered and re-edited CD box is actually a small treasure for the organ connoisseur!

The first reason justifying this opinion relates to the six different historic organs used for the recording of this CD box. All of them are beautifully maintained and restored to their past glory. The origin of the Father Smith organ in Adlingthon Hall remains something of a mystery. Handel is known to have played this instrument. It is tuned ‘to a closed system of irregular tuning based on Temperament Ordinair, which allows more flexibility than the mean tone Temperament to which the organ was undoubtedly originally tuned’. The organ was restored in 1959 by N.P. Mander Ltd. The Snetzler Bureau Organ has one manual and five stops and it is tuned nowadays to A=440. The Avery organ of 1786 was restored by Lance Foy in 1982/83 and it is ‘one of the few organs in the country with a compass of 5½ octaves, beginning a full octave below bottom C on the Great, G below C on the Choir, and bottom C on the Swell’. The organ at the Kenwood House, Hampstead was bought by the English Heritage from the well-known builder John England and his son George Pike England. It has one manual with the oboe ‘housed in its own box, the front of which is raised by depressing a foot pedal on the right, thereby making a crescendo’. The original Gray organ of 1807 had a ‘single keyboard and extended bass’. In 1901 it was enlarged but the original stops survived. The Allen organ of 1839 is ‘a rare survival in England of its period, both for its size and the fact that it is in a church’. It was restored in 1988/89 by N.P. Mander Ltd and it has ‘the most unusual characteristics both in specification and in its tone, with particularly interesting reeds’.

The second advantage of this set centres on the re-edited booklets, which are written by Jennifer Bate herself and offer a huge amount of information about the organs, their tuning, the composers and a thorough analysis of the pieces.

As the booklets say, ‘each disc traces a different route from Stanley to Wesley, but a pivotal feature [is] the great Handel fugues, which are studied by all contemporary composers and greatly admired as models’. There are over 70 pieces of different styles, written by 18 composers.

Bate matches the pieces well with each organ according to its character. Her performances, though they are not quite historically aware, in general stylish and her glittering musicianship is present throughout. The articulation is clipped most of the time. Considering that the acoustics are in general quite dry, this produces a cold, non-singing effect within the individual lines. Also occasionally the rhythm loses its momentum especially at the fast movements or becomes too wooden. The ornamentation though is one of Bate’s best points. It comes out clearly and flexible without sacrificing interest. It is a real pleasure to hear all this musical adornment.

This re-mastered release reappearing after thirteen years, deserves a warm welcome.

Christina Antoniadou


 

 

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