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Edward Elgar: Organ Works

By Benjamin Nicholas

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By Benjamin Nicholas. By Edward Elgar (1857-1934). Classical. Listening CD. Published by Naxos (NX.DCD34162).

Item Number: NX.DCD34162

The first recording of Merton's new Dobson organ - a mixed recital spanning repertoire from Bach and Stanley to Dupre 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 recording of the superb arrangement of the Prelude to The Kingdom made by Herbert Brewer, Elgar's contemporary and the long-serving organist of Gloucester Cathedral.

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