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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

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    Gramophone Editor's Choice

    ‘Trotter’s hallmark flair and panache, and, as ever, his ability to communicate real enthusiasm for the music impeccable sense of style and a fine recording ’
    Gramophone awards issue, October 2019

    ‘...the player, the organ, the music and the recording are all... magnificent. ’
    ★★★★★ Choir and Organ 2019

    ‘The entire CD, with Thomas Trotter in fine fettle, is an unreserved delight.’
    Organists’ Review November 2019

    ‘The recorded sound is quite beautiful, and I recommend it to anyone who wants to know the sound of a generously endowed English organ of its time....Thomas Trotter demonstrates his understanding of this music in performances that are animated and shapely.’
    American Record Guide November 2019

    ‘Thomas Trotter, [who ] plays with all his customary flair and brilliance’
    BBC Music November 2019

    ‘This is a disc no organ lover should miss.’
    MusicWeb January 2020

    ‘This recording of 18th-century organ music is an unalloyed delight, made up of most intelligently chosen repertoire, unfailingly stylish performances and registration, beautifully recorded and admirably presented with full documentation ’
    The Organ August 2019

    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.

    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    
    – Johann Christoph Pepusch (1667–1752)
    Concerto Op 7 No 4 in D minor    
    – 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]    
     – 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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