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    Robert Woolley, The 1766 Thomas Parker Organ at St Mary and St Nicholas, Leatherhead

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    Handel
    and his English contemporaries
    Robert Woolley
    The 1766 Thomas Parker Organ at St Mary and St Nicholas, Leatherhead

    A selection of organ music by Handel and his English contemporaries, played by internationally-respected early keyboard artist, Robert Woolley, in his first recording on the Regent label.

    Played on the 1766 Thomas Parker organ in the church of St Mary and St Nicholas, Leatherhead. This instrument was reconstructed from orginal casework and pipework by the organ builders, Goetze & Gwynn, in 2007, and is a very rare example of organs from this period in England. This is the first recording of this delightful eighteenth-century instrument.

    Robert Woolley is one of Europe's leading performers and teachers of the harpsichord, and other early keyboard instruments. He studied at the Royal College of Music ,where he is now Professor of Harpsichord and Clavichord, and was Director of the Early Music Department and Adviser for Early Music from 1985-2006.

    He is well known as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player on the harpsichord, organ and fortepiano; his solo recordings include discs of music by Tallis, Byrd, Gibbons, Frescobaldi, Weckmann, Bohm, Handel, J S Bach, Scarlatti, Seixas and J C Bach for EMI, Virgin, Archiv, Hyperion and Chandos.

    ' The works in question are each given meticulous attention to detail and interpretive style by organist Robert Woolley, known to many for his fine (solo and ensemble) harpsichord recordings on the Chandos label. His choice of registration, despite being limited to twelve stops on this organ, is always varied and in keeping with each piece's character. It all sounds so natural and authentic, that it seems as if you the listener, are actually standing in the loft next to the organ's console, turning the pages for old George.' Classical Music Sentinel May 2014


    Overture to Ottone, HWV 15 – George Frideric Handel
    Jesu, meine Freude, HWV 480 – Handel (2:03)
    Air in B flat, HWV 469 – Handel (3:10)
    Fugue in G minor, HWV 605 – Handel (3:31)
    Fugue in B flat, HWV 607 – Handel (2:34)
    [Verse] in F (Fitzwilliam, MS 260) – Handel (0:44)
    Air in F major from the Water Music, HWV 348 – Handel (1:57)
    Fantasie in C, HWV 490 – Handel (3:34)
    Fugue in A minor, HWV 609 – Handel (6:01)
    Voluntary on a Flight of Angels, HWV 600 – Handel (1:12)
    Voluntary X in A minor – William Walond
    Voluntary VI in E minor – John James
    Voluntary VII in G major – William Goodwin
    Voluntary V in D major – William Boyce
    Voluntary II in G major – Walond
    Voluntary VII in D major – Starling Goodwin
    Voluntary in G minor – Thomas Roseingrave
    A Voluntary for the Trumpet Stop – John Stanley
    Voluntary in G major – Roseingrave (2:14)   
    Voluntary VII in E flat – Maurice Greene
    Voluntary XIX in C minor – Greene
    Voluntary in A minor – James Nares

    Total Playing time: 78:50    

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