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    FIREBIRD
    VIRTUOSO ORGAN DUETS, Ravel Paulus Stravinsky, The Oxbridge Organ Duo

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    FIREBIRD
    Ravel – Paulus – Stravinsky
    VIRTUOSO ORGAN DUETS
    The Oxbridge Organ Duo
    (Benedict Lewis-Smith, Julian Collings)
    Organ of Blackburn Cathedral

    ‘The effect is extrordinary, especially with Guy Bovet’s arrangement of The Firebird which is just so thrilling.’
    BBC Radio 3 Record Review December 2018

    ‘The Firebird may be the mainstay here (and terrifically played), but Bolero wins with its use of just about every solo stop of the Blackburn Cathedral organ. Intriguing and fun.’
    ★★★★★BBC Music January 2019

    ‘Benedict Lewis-Smith and John Collings are splendid in these works, and the recording on the great Walker organ of Blackburn Cathedral leaves nothing to the imagination.’
    ★★★★★ The Organ November 2018

    ‘Highly recommended! If you're looking for one of this year's best organ recordings, this is it’
     
    Classical Music Sentinel November 2018

    The Oxbridge Organ Duo was formed in 2015 by two former organ scholars to explore the unusual and somewhat neglected repertoire for organ duet. The Duo’s first commercial recording features three stunningly virtuoso works which explore the extremes of the organ duet medium and the full tonal resources of the magnificent Walker organ of Blackburn Cathedral.

    Ravel’s famous ‘Boléro’ appears in a wonderful new guise transcribed by American organist, Andrew Senn. The exhilarating ‘Paean’ by another American composer, Steven Paulus, is a remarkable new and original minimalist toccata for organ duet. Stravinsky’s early ballet ‘The Firebird‘ explodes with multi-layered colour and expressive detail in this new transcription by distinguished Swiss organist, Guy Bovet.

    Boléro    Maurice Ravel (1875–1937) transcribed Andrew Senn (b 1978)  16:48
         
    Paean   
    Stephen Paulus (1949–2014)    7:57

    The Firebird   
    Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971)  transcribed Guy Bovet (b 1942)   39:52
          
    Part I
    (movements from the 1910 complete Ballet)     15:48
    Introduction    2:50
    The enchanted garden of Kashchei  2:05
    Appearance of the Firebird 2:14
    Dance of the Firebird 1:38
    Capture of the Firebird 1:01
    The Firebird’s Supplications 5:59
       

    Part II (movements from the 1945 Suite)     24:04
    Pantomime II 4:19
    Scherzo: Danse des Princesses 2:20
    Pantomime III 1:19
    Rondo (Khorovod) 4:53
    Danse infernale 4:57
    Berceuse (The Firebird) 3:18
    Final Hymn 2:57

    Total playing time: 64:38

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