Truro Cathedral Organ
The first new solo recording of the famous Father Willis organ in Truro Cathedral in over eight years – regarded by many as Willis’ finest organ.
Luke Bond makes a confident debut recording here, with a varied programme from neatly executed Widor and Mendelssohn to very effective arrangements of Walton’s ‘Spitfire’ Prelude & Fugue and Grainger’s Handel in the Strand. The latter is no mean feat, and the graceful sounds of Truro’s Willis maintain the orchestral feel of this virtuosic entertainment. Curiously placed either side of Grainger’s frivolity are two more serious contemporary works: MacMillan’s meditative White note paraphrase and David Bednall’s exuberant Magna voce cane et rnagno cum jubilo, which delivers exactly what the title suggests. The fine ‘Mighty Voice’ of Truro Cathedral Organ has much to say in the hands of Mr Bond.
‘All in all this is a glorious CD, good listening and great fun. I highly recommend it. The wide variety of music makes it appealing to music lovers generally. Luke Bond is clearly one of our leading players and is served well by Regent Records who have faithfully captured both sound and ambience of Truro Cathedral.’ Laudate 2014
The debut solo recording from Luke Bond – Truro’s gifted assistant organist.
Includes first recordings of the organ solo arrangement of Walton’s ‘Spitfire’ Prelude and Fugue, and a major new solo organ work from British rising-star composer, David Bednall ‘Magna voce cane et magno cum jubilo’ – ‘Sing with a great voice and great joy’.
Symphonie no 6, op 42, no 2 (1st movement) — Charles-Marie Widor (1844–1937) (8:52)
Prelude and Fugue in C minor, op 37, no 1 — Felix Mendelssohn (1809–47) (7:41)
i Prelude (4:00)
ii Fugue (3:41)
Touch her soft lips and part (from Henry V)
— William Walton (1902–1983), arr Robert Gower (b. 1952) (1:39)
Prelude and Fugue ‘Spitfire’ — Walton, arr Tom Winpenny (b. 1983) (7:36)
Scherzetto (3rd movement from Sonata) — Percy Whitlock (1903–46) (4:53)
Magna voce cane et magno cum jubilo — David Bednall (b. 1979) (5:08)
Handel in the Strand — Percy Grainger (1882–1961), arr Wolfgang Stockmeier (b. 1931) (3:26)
White Note Paraphrase — James MacMillan (b. 1959) (2:26)
Sonate no 1 in D minor, op 42 — Alexandre Guilmant (1837–1911) (22:14)
i Introduction et Allegro (8:36)
ii Pastorale (6:00)
iii Final (7:38)
Total Playing time: 63:58
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