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Organ works by Andrew Downes
Robin Walker
Organ of Ely Cathedral

 

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Description

We are delighted to present the first recording devoted to the solo organ works by Andrew Downes. Downes’ organ works are characterised by their sense of space, sinuous melodic line and symphonic use of the organ which is depicted here by the expert playing of Robin Walker on the organ of Ely Cathedral.

Track List

Prelude: The Forest at Dawn, Op. 78(a) (2000)
6:59
Prelude, Fanfare, and Postlude for Organ, Op. 9 (1975)
Prelude
6:51
Fanfare
3:49
Postlude
5:06
Introduction and Allegro for Solo Organ, Op. 94 (2007)
Introduction
3:26
Allegro
3:56
Sonata for Organ, Op. 92 (2006)
Movement I: Adagio
8:20
Movement II: Allegro Vivace
4:58
Movement III: Andante
5:58

Total Playing time: 49:22

Production credits

Recorded 27–28 October 2020 in Ely Cathedral by permission of the Chapter

Recording engineer and producer: Myles Eastwood www.eastwoodrecords.co.uk

Sample audio extracts

Reviews

‘This first CD of organ music by Birmingham-born Andrew Downes (who turned 70 in 2020) reveals a voice rooted in and relishing the instruments cavernous lower registers, coupled with a facility for spinning light and shade out of their dark, subterranean hues. The early Prelude, Fanfare and Prelude op.9 (1975) shows Downes equally eloquent in its effusive middle section. But it’s his dexterous way with evoking moment and mood, as in the splendidly ruminative Sonata (2006) and the imagistic The Forest at Dawn (2000), that catches the ear. So, too, his daring use of ambiguous harmonies as a prelude to the magnificent bombast that concludes the Introduction and Allegro op.94 (2017).’ ★★★★ Choir and Organ April 2022

‘Always engaging, always tonal — if chromatic – idyllic and pastoral, but at times more biting… The magnificent organ of Ely Cathedral (IV/80, Harrison & Harrison 1908, 1975 and 2001) and the immense building undeniably serve to enhance the intended effect of this thoughtful, spacious music. Robin Walker gives committed and thus compelling performances.’ Organists’ Review March 2022

‘…an interesting and worthwhile recital of music celebrating a little-known composer, which is performed with enthusiasm and respect by an excellent organist. ’ Church Music Quarterly March 2022


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