Chanson de Matin
Sir Edward Elgar – Works for Organ
Organ of Salisbury Cathedral
This recording by international virtuoso, Thomas Trotter - described by BBC Music Magazine ‘as one of today’s greatest living organists’ - contains all of Elgar’s works for solo organ completed during the composer’s lifetime, together with transcriptions of well-known orchestral works. The historic Father Willis organ of Salisbury Cathedral is regarded as one of the finest English organs of its period and is ideally suited to Elgar’s music.
“Trotter’s choice of stops is well nigh perfect, his dexterity formidable....a performance full of expressive character”
Andrew Macgregor, BBC Radio 3 CD review
"the new recording sets the gold standard with its grandeur, supple expressivity, ideally judged rubato, and imaginative 'orchestration' ...panache to burn."
BBC Music Magazine July 2007 *****
"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 August 2007
"Trotter...turns out a performance which mixes textural faithfulness with an instinctive feel for what Elgar was attempting. The result is truly magnificent; magisterial, affectionate, quick-witted and lofty, and vividly coloured by masterly handling of the evocative Salisbury Willis. Enhanced by a sumptuous recorded sound, this is an Elgar Sonata recording par excellence."
Marc Rochester, International Record review July/ August 2007
Sonata for Organ in G major, Op. 28
I Allegro maestoso (8:50)
II Allegretto (4:37)
III Andante espressivo (6:46)
IV Presto (comodo) (6:27)
Cantique, Op. 3, no. 1 (3:47)
Vesper Voluntaries, Op. 14
I Andante (1:21)
II Allegro (2:08)
III Andantino (2:15)
IV Allegretto piacevole (1:27)
V Poco lento (2:02)
VI Moderato (1:44)
VII Allegretto pensoso (2:09)
VIII Poco allegro (3:37)
Organ Sonata no. 2, Op. 87a
I Introduction (2:41)
II Toccata (3:49)
III Fugue (5:39)
IV Coda (1:36)
Chanson de Matin (trans. by A Herbert Brewer) (3:13)
Nimrod (from ‘Enigma’ Variations, Op. 36) (trans. by W H Harris) (3:23)
Pomp and Circumstance no. 4 in G, Op. 39 (trans. by G R Sinclair) (5:14)
Total playing time 75:28
Thomas Trotter was appointed Birmingham City organist in 1983 in succession to Sir George Thalben-Ball. He is also Organist at St Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey, and Visiting Professor of Organ at the Royal College of Music, London. He was organ scholar at King’s College, Cambridge, and later continued his studies with Marie-Claire Alain in Paris, winning the Prix de Virtuosité in her class. He was first prizewinner at the 1979 St Albans International Organ competition, and the following year he made his debut at the Royal Festival Hall, London. In 2001 he was the recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society award for Best Instrumentalist, the first organist to win this award. Past winners include Andras Schiff, Itzhak Perlman and Julian Bream.
Alongside his weekly recitals in Birmingham, Thomas Trotter has toured throughout the USA, Europe, Australia and Japan, and has played at prestigious venues such as the Zurich Tonhalle, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Leipzig Gewandhaus as well at many International Festivals such as Bath, Salzburg, Cheltenham and the Proms. He has performed with leading orchestras including the Royal, the London, the Vienna and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras, making his American debut in 1987 with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. He is an active recording artist and of his dozen or so recordings for Decca his Messiaen and Mozart releases were named Gramophone magazine’s ‘Critics Choice’, and a Liszt recording won a Grand Prix du Disque in 1995. He has served on many International juries including the St Albans, Nuremberg, Chartres and Maastricht competitions as well as the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Central England in 2003 and by Birmingham University in 2006.
Engagements during 2007 include recitals at London’s South Bank Centre and the Royal Albert Hall, tours to Germany, France, Denmark and the USA, and concerto performances with the Philharmonia and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.