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    The Garnier Organ Elgar Concert Hall University of Birmingham Henry Fairs

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    VERSUS
    The Garnier Organ
    Elgar Concert Hall – University of Birmingham
    Henry Fairs

    The first recording of the new Garnier organ in the Elgar Concert Hall at Birmingham University played by the organ's curator, and international concert organist, Henry Fairs. This wide-ranging programme of music from the 17th to 21st centuries exploits the full tonal resources of this wonderful instrument, which is a major contribution to Birmingham's centre of excellence in organ performing and teaching.

    Henry Fairs is Head of Organ Studies at Birmingham Conservatoire, Organist to the University of Birmingham and Honorary Professor of Organ at the University of St Andrews. He was closely involved with the recent installation of the Garnier organ and will be responsible for commissioning a number of new instruments at Birmingham Conservatoire's new home over the coming years.

    Toccata, Adagio, and Fugue in C major, BWV 564     15:43
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
       
    Chorale Fantasia on Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland
    Nicolaus Bruhns (1665–97)     11:26

    Versus (2014)
    *     11:49
    FIve Verses on the Chorale Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott
    Franz Danksagmüller (b. 1969)  


    Via Crucis (1979)
    Jon Laukvik (b. 1952)     14:14

    Four Sketches for Pedal Piano, Op 58
    Robert Schumann (1810–56)     10:48

    Praeludium in C major, BWV 566a
    Bach     10:28

    *Played on the ‘Small’ (Mitteltönigeswerk) Organ

    Total Playing time: 74:35  

    Recorded in the Elgar Concert Hall 28/29 August 2016  


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