and his English contemporaries
The 1766 Thomas Parker Organ at St Mary and St Nicholas, Leatherhead
'This is genial, elegant music, lovingly played on the perfect instrument to imbue these simple pieces with the self-confident and hedonistic spirit of the Georgian age. A wonderfully refined way to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the founding of the Hanoverian dynasty. ' International Record Review September 2014
' The works in question are each given meticulous attention to detail and interpretive style by organist Robert Woolley, known to many for his fine (solo and ensemble) harpsichord recordings on the Chandos label. His choice of registration, despite being limited to twelve stops on this organ, is always varied and in keeping with each piece's character. It all sounds so natural and authentic, that it seems as if you the listener, are actually standing in the loft next to the organ's console, turning the pages for old George.' Classical Music Sentinel May 2014
‘Congratulations arc due to the church for bringing this project to life; to the organ builders for bringing it to fruition; to Gary Cole and Regent for a fine recording; and finally to Robert Woolley for recreating the music so convincingly and with total integrity.’ Organists’ Review September 2014
A selection of organ music by Handel and his English contemporaries, played by internationally-respected early keyboard artist, Robert Woolley, in his first recording on the Regent label.
Played on the 1766 Thomas Parker organ in the church of St Mary and St Nicholas, Leatherhead. This instrument was reconstructed from original casework and pipework by the organ builders, Goetze & Gwynn, in 2007, and is a very rare example of organs from this period in England. This is the first recording of this delightful eighteenth-century instrument.
Robert Woolley is one of Europe's leading performers and teachers of the harpsichord, and other early keyboard instruments. He studied at the Royal College of Music ,where he is now Professor of Harpsichord and Clavichord, and was Director of the Early Music Department and Adviser for Early Music from 1985-2006.
He is well known as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player on the harpsichord, organ and fortepiano; his solo recordings include discs of music by Tallis, Byrd, Gibbons, Frescobaldi, Weckmann, Bohm, Handel, J S Bach, Scarlatti, Seixas and J C Bach for EMI, Virgin, Archiv, Hyperion and Chandos.
Overture to Ottone, HWV 15 – George Frideric Handel
Jesu, meine Freude, HWV 480 – Handel (2:03)
Air in B flat, HWV 469 – Handel (3:10)
Fugue in G minor, HWV 605 – Handel (3:31)
Fugue in B flat, HWV 607 – Handel (2:34)
[Verse] in F (Fitzwilliam, MS 260) – Handel (0:44)
Air in F major from the Water Music, HWV 348 – Handel (1:57)
Fantasie in C, HWV 490 – Handel (3:34)
Fugue in A minor, HWV 609 – Handel (6:01)
Voluntary on a Flight of Angels, HWV 600 – Handel (1:12)
Voluntary X in A minor – William Walond
Voluntary VI in E minor – John James
Voluntary VII in G major – William Goodwin
Voluntary V in D major – William Boyce
Voluntary II in G major – Walond
Voluntary VII in D major – Starling Goodwin
Voluntary in G minor – Thomas Roseingrave
A Voluntary for the Trumpet Stop – John Stanley
Voluntary in G major – Roseingrave (2:14)
Voluntary VII in E flat – Maurice Greene
Voluntary XIX in C minor – Greene
Voluntary in A minor – James Nares
Total Playing time: 78:50