The Town Hall Tradition
Virtuoso Organ Showpieces from
Town Hall, Birmingham
(Pack contains DVD video and separate audio CD)
"Trotter operates with a sleight of hand that's as slick as a conjurer's....The perfomances are everything one has come to expect from one of the world's greatest organists, notable for their clarity rhythmic buoyancy, sytlistic taste, imaginative colouring - and the ability to amaze." Gramophone February 2012
" Thalben-Ball's spectacular Variations on a theme of Paganini for pedals, in which Trotter shows just what can be achieved with some slick footwork and a pair of sensible shoes. It's a clever, resourceful work and an amazing party-piece, with glissandos and three- and four-part harmony being the most extraordinary techniques rarely requested of a musician's feet. Trotter's playing here, as throughout the disc is impressive: exciting and delivered with flair without ever being flashy"
International Record Review December 2011
"Production values are high...Trotter's playing is faultless, simply riveting to watch..... Highly recommended "
***** Choir & Organ January 2012
A two-disc set containing a DVD video and audio CD of virtuoso organ showpieces from one of the world's greatest organists in his first DVD release.
DVD extras include an interview with Thomas Trotter, talking about his life, career and work as Birmingham City Organist, and a guide to the Town Hall organ.
Also contains a sixteen page booklet with notes on the music by David Gammie, a short history of the Town Hall, and a newly-written article on the history of the organ by Nicholas Thistlethwaite.
Dolby 5.1 surround sound, multi-region PAL/NTSC (double-sided disc - playable anywhere in the world), 16:9 widescreen.
Concert Overture No 1 in C minor Alfred Hollins (6:57)
Largo, Allegro, Aria and Two Variations Michael Festing, arr George Thalben-Ball (5:06)
Variations on a theme of Paganini for pedals George Thalben-Ball (7:30)
Bells across the meadows Albert W Ketèlbey, transcribed by Gatty Sellars (4:46)
March Youth of Britain Eric Coates, trans Thomas Trotter (5:32)
The Typewriter Leroy Anderson, trans Trotter (1:53)
Overture to The Mastersingers of Nuremberg Richard Wagner, trans Edwin H Lemare (9:49)
Romance The Evening Star Wagner, trans Lemare (5:05)
Ride of the Valkyries Wagner, trans Lemare (5:31)
Ouverture Solennelle, Op 49 ‘1812’ Peter I Tchaikovsky, trans Edwin Evans and Trotter (15:59)