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    Freak out | Extraordinary music for Organ
    Tom Bell | Grand Organ of the Royal Hospital School, Holbrook


    Catalogue Number: REGCD540

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    Tom Bell
    Grand Organ of the Royal Hospital School, Holbrook
    with Ross Garrod*
    An extraordinary collection of extraordinarily virtuoso British and American works for organ from the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries, played by one of the world’s foremost exponents of contemporary organ music, Tom Bell. The recording takes its title ‘Freak out’ from one of the performance instructions in William Bolcom’s unique work for organ, percussion (including kit), and electronic tape ‘Black Host’. This instruction, together with others, including ‘Go Ape’, and ‘Detonate’, are words not usually found in the world of organ music!
    MusicWeb recording of the month
    ‘This is staggering stuff! ...a superb recording... a tour de force of glittering organ playing that, to use parlance more suited to 1967, really does blow the mind!’ MusicWeb September 2021 ‘
    Tom Bell’s relishably raucous recital.... percussion (Ross Garrod) and electronics rendered with the thumping virtuosity it demands. Bell’s theatrically chiaroscuro advocacy throughout is sure-footed... ’ ★★★★Choir and Organ November 2021

    ‘the recording is a sheer joy to listen to end-to-end. And boy, can that Holbrook behemoth growl... Treat your friends to this CD for Christmas.’ Graeme kay, Choir& Organ December 2021


    ‘This is an exhilarating disc of compelling modern repertoire..’ ★★★★Editor’s Choice Organists’ Review December 2021

    ‘And now for something completely different!’
    Classical Music Sentinel October 2021


    ‘The organ and a very resonant Chapel feature prominently in the overall sound qualities of the music by two American and five British composers, all played with considerable élan by the magnificent Tom Bell… The subtitle of the CD is ‘Extraordinary Music for Organ’ – Oh yes, definitely!’ British Music Society
    1    Free Fantasia on “O Zion, Haste” and “How Firm a Foundation”
        (from Gospel Preludes Book 4)  
      William Bolcom (b 1938) 7:18

    2    Le tombeau de Georges Rouault    James MacMillan (b 1959) 14:30

    3    A Refined Reflection (from Baronian Suite)    Stephen Paulus (1949–2014) 7:31

    4    Moot Points     John Furse (b 1951) 3:30

    5    Riff-Raff     Giles Swayne (b 1946) 17:25

    6    Variations on a theme by Anthony Green      Derek Foster (b 1943) 4:36

    7    Veni Creator Spiritus     Peter Maxwell Davies (1934–2016) 7:14

    8    Black Host*     William Bolcom (b 1938) 17:36

    Total Playing time:79:41

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