AVE MARIS STELLA
The Kenneth Tickell organ of Little St Mary’s, Cambridge
‘The clean, clear, musical performances demonstrate the variety and interest that can be achieved on a small organ with thoughtful, intelligent programming geared to the instrument. ’
American Record Guide May/June2015
'...for some pieces from the 16th and 17th centuries, nothing beats a small, well balanced organ captured by a well engineered recording in a more intimate setting.'
Classical Music Sentinel February 2015
‘This first recital recording on the small but beautifully formed and voiced organ of Little St Mary’s, Cambridge, serves as a poignant memorial to its builder, Kenneth Tickell, who died in 2014. With just two manuals and fewer than two dozen stops, it’s a sweetly elegant machine, crisp and precise in its articulation, brightly lyrical in tone and surprisingly versatile....Hugely enjoyable.’
Choir and Organ May 2015
‘This is the first recording of the beautiful organ at Little St Mary’s and is dedicated to the memory of its builder, Kenneth Tickell (1956-2014). This amazingly versatile instrument sings in fine voice on this recording, exhibiting a surprisingly wide range of dynamics and timbres, and demonstrating that it can well handle the chosen repertoire from the sixteenth century through to the present day as well as cope with the High Church Anglican musical tradition.’
Sydney Organ Journal Autumn 2015
The first recording of the Kenneth Tickell organ in Little Saint Mary’s Church, Cambridge, played by Anne Page.
The beautiful organ, installed in 2007, has a surprising range of tone colours in a relatively small number of stops, and in a wide-ranging programme of works from the sixteenth century to the present day, organist Anne Page shows off the amazing versatility of the instrument.
In keeping with the dedication of the Church, the programme is constructed around works dedicated to the Virgin Mary, beginning and ending with extended settings for solo organ of the Magnificat - the Song of Mary. Other works by Bach and Mendelssohn show off the Baroque and Classical voices of the organ.
The recording includes first recordings of works by David Apprahamiam Liddle, and Ian de Massini - the latter composer a former Director of Music at the church - and the first recording by a British organist of “Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns hält BWV 1128” - a recently-discovered Chorale Fantasia by Bach.
Anne Page is one the UK’s most respected solo organists and teachers. Born in Perth, Australia, she won a scholarship to study in Europe and spent two years in the class of Marie-Claire Alain at the Conservatory of Rueil-Malmaison in Paris. Further study followed with Peter Hurford in Cambridge, and then two years with Jacques van Oortmerssen at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam brought a deeper awareness of historically informed performance. She has taught generations of organ scholars at Cambridge, and is one of the founders of the Cambridge Academy of Organ Studies. She has also been at the forefront of the revival of interest in the harmonium.
In the last few years Kenneth Tickell emerged as one of the UK’s most in-demand organ builders, building highly-respected instruments in Worcester Cathedral (the Quire organ - his largest instrument), Newcastle RC Cathedral, and Cheltenham Ladies College. His sudden death in June 2014 robbed the organ world of one of its greatest builders.
This recording is dedicated to the memory of Kenneth Tickell (1956–2014)
Magnificat quinti toni (4 verses) — Heinrich Scheidemann (c1595–1663) (10:30)
Prelude in G BWV 568 — Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) (3:10)
‘Gigue’ Fugue in G BWV 577 — Bach (3:28)
Choral Fantasia: Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns hält BWV 1128 — Bach (5:22)
Allegro (Chorale, Fugue) in D minor/major (1844) — Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809–47) (8:46)
English Organ Mass Op. 6 — David Aprahamian Liddle (b. 1960) (14:17)
Salve Regina (5 verses) — John Bull (c1562–1628) (4:59)
Ave maris stella (Arabesque for organ solo) — Ian de Massini (b. 1959) (6:01)
Toccata, Fugue et Hymne sur Ave maris stella Op. 28 — Flor Peeters (1903–86) (8:54)
Magnificat primi toni — Dieterich Buxtehude (1637–1707) (7:22)
Total Playing time: 75:15