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    From Palaces to Pleasure Gardens
    Thomas Trotter plays the 1735 Richard Bridge Organ of Christ Church, Spitalfields

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    Thomas Trotter
    From Palaces to Pleasure Gardens
    1735 Richard Bridge Organ of Christ Church, Spitalfields

    Thomas Trotter is one of Britain’s most widely admired musicians and one of the world’s most respected organists. The excellence of his musicianship is reflected internationally in his musical partnerships. He performs as soloist with, amongst many others, the conductors Sir Simon Rattle, Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Chailly, and Sir Charles Mackerras. He has performed in Berlin’s Philharmonie, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Musikverein and the Konzerthaus in Vienna, and London’s Royal Festival Hall.

    Georgian London was one of the wealthiest cities in the world and there was a significant appetite for concerts which attracted composers from all over Europe and beyond. Much of the musical patronage had royal connections and another significant centre of London concert life were the Pleasure Gardens where organ concertos were invariably a part of the concerts.

    This programme contains a kaleidoscopic mix of the secular (concertos) and the sacred (organ voluntaries) from that period, including works by Handel, Corelli, JC Bach, and John Stanley.

    Some critical recognition of Thomas Trotter's previous recordings on Regent
    REGDVD001
    ‘...a sleight of hand that's as slick as a conjurer's....clarity rhythmic buoyancy, stylistic taste, imaginative colouring – and the ability to amaze.’
    Gramophone

    ‘...impressive: exciting and delivered with flair without ever being flashy.’
    International Record Review

    REGCD322
    ‘Scorching virtuosity...’
    Choir and Organ

    REGCD256
    ‘Trotter’s choice of stops is well nigh perfect, his dexterity formidable ...a performance full of expressive character.’
    BBC Radio 3 CD review

    ‘...throughout this superbly engineered recording his mastery of tonal gradation, innate stylistic sense and imaginative colouring make for a recording as rewarding as it is timely.’
    Gramophone

    Concerto Grosso in F major, Op 6 No 9     8:29
    – Arcangelo Corelli (1653–1713)
    Reduction for solo keyboard by Thomas Billington (1754–1832)
    adapted by Thomas Trotter
       
    Voluntary No 2 in D major
    – James Hook (1746–1827)    4:28
       
    Voluntary No 5 in D minor
    Hook    5:59
       
    Voluntary in C major    
    18:24
    – Johann Christoph Pepusch (1667–1752)
           
    Concerto Op 7 No 4 in D minor    
    12:48
    – George Frideric Handel (1685–1759)
    transcribed for solo organ by Thomas Trotter
       
    Voluntary in F major, Op 7 No 6
    – John Stanley (1712–86)    4:24
       
    Concerto Op 1 No 6 in D major [W C54]    
    10:52
     – Johann Christian Bach (1735–82) Reduction for solo organ by Thomas Trotter
       
    Voluntary No 10 in G major
    – William Russell (1777–1813)    5:56

    Total playing time: 71:20

    Recorded on 10/11 May 2018 in Christ Church, Spitalfields, London


       


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