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40 years as Birmingham City Organist
Thomas Trotter was appointed Birmingham City Organist in 1983 in succession to Sir George Thalben-Ball. This album, recorded in Town Hall, Birmingham, is released to coincide with the 40th anniversary of that appointment. It complements ‘Symphony Hall Sorcery’ (released in 2022) in celebrating Trotter’s consummate artistry over four decades on these two iconic Birmingham instruments.
For this new recording Thomas dazzles in a personally-selected programme showing the dynamic and expressive range of the Town Hall organ with major established corner-stones of the Romantic organ repertoire by Parry and Willan, through to recent works by Kevin Volans and Rachel Laurin, and smaller-scale works by Wolstenholme and Karg-Elert. Central to the artistry of the town hall organist is the transcription, and the recording includes a virtuoso example by the master of the craft. W T Best, together with several ones by Thomas himself.
Total Playing time: 77:34
Recorded on 25/26 May 2023 in Town Hall, Birmingham Recording producer and engineer: Gary Cole. Recording assistant: Pippa Cole Page turner: John Stormont
Sample audio extracts
‘Not only does he capture and project the panoply of dazzling orchestral sounds from the original score … but conveys as well the inherent jocund bounce of the music itself…it’s all here and performed with great panache by Thomas Trotter who is celebrating 40 years as Birmingham City Organist. ’ Classical Music sentinel October 2023
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