Elgar: Organ Works

Benjamin Nicholas (organ)

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The first recording of Merton’s new Dobson organ – a mixed recital spanning repertoire from Bach and Stanley to Dupré and Messiaen – was designed to demonstrate the instrument’s considerable versatility. But behind the contemporary sophistication of its construction and design, this is essentially an English Romantic organ with a big, warm-hearted personality, securely grounded in the aesthetic traditions of the late nineteenth century, and this second recording highlights those qualities in music by the composer who pre-eminently shares them: Edward Elgar. Benjamin Nicholas, Merton’s Reed Rubin Organist and Director of Music, here proves himself a fine Elgarian and an inventive programmer, coupling Elgar’s two original major works for the organ with three transcriptions – including a first outing on CD for the superb arrangement of the Prelude to The Kingdom made by Herbert Brewer, Elgar’s contemporary and the long-serving organist of Gloucester Cathedral.

  • Recording venue(s): Chapel of Merton College, Oxford
  • Recording dates: 25-26 June 2015
  • Physical format: Jewel case
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Number of tracks: 17
  • Total playing time: 1:08:33
  • Album ID: DCD34162

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