The ENGLISH CATHEDRAL Series Volume XIX
plays the William Hill organ of
‘A sprightly account of Parry’s Fantasia and Fugue sets things off on a cheerful footing; Humphreys, through his beautifully deft phrasing and subtle handling of the instrument makes about as compelling a case for this piece as it has ever received on disc. The remainder of the programme reinforces this impression of a player with an undimmable sense of enthusiasm supported by a vibrant technique and an obvious fondness for this 85-stop organ, which he shows off to splendid effect.’
Gramophone May 2015
‘A fine disc’ Sydney Organ Journal Autumn 2015
Regent’s latest volume in ‘The English Cathedral Series’ features the historic and rarely-recorded William Hill/Harrison & Harrison organ in Peterborough Cathedral, played by the current Assistant Director of Music, David Humphreys in the first solo recording of this organ for many years.
This recording is particularly significant as it documents the sound of this great organ at its current high pitch (significantly above modern concert pitch) before the organ’s removal early in 2015 and the lowering of its pitch to the modern concert standard.
The organ shows its versatility in a wide-ranging programme spanning five centuries. Its natural Romantic character is expertly revealed in works by Schumann, Reger, Parry, and Elgar, but earlier music is equally well served in works by Bull, Buxtehude, Bach and Mozart. The later twentieth century is represented by two contrasting pieces: the slow movement of Philip Moore’s Organ Sonata, and the blazing virtuosity of Dupré’s Final from the Op 27 set of Seven Pieces.
David Humphreys was Organ Scholar of Jesus College, Cambridge, and subsequently Assistant Director of Music at St Edmundsbury Cathedral from 2007, before moving to his present position at Peterborough in 2011. He studied with David Titterington, and subsequently with Thomas Trotter.
Fantasia and Fugue in G, Op. 188 — Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848–1918) (11:01)
Salve Regina I (5 verses) — John Bull (c1562–1628) (6:59)
Study for the Pedal Piano, Op. 56, no 5 — Robert Schumann (1810–56) (2:39)
Toccata in D minor & Fugue in D major, Op. 59, nos 5 & 6 — Max Reger (1873–1916) (8:35)
Choral Fantasia on Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, BuxWV 223
— Dieterich Buxtehude (1637–1707) (7:09)
Sursum Corda, Op. 11 — Edward Elgar (1857–1934), trans Edwin Lemare (1865–1934) (7:24)
Fantasia in F minor, K. 608 — Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–91) (10:32)
Andante tranquillo (from Sonata for Organ) — Philip Moore (b. 1943) (4:00)
Final (from Sept Pièces, Op. 27) — Marcel Dupré (1886–1971) (4:44)
Total Playing time: 63:07