Winchester Cathedral Organs (Organ Duets)


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Organ duets with David Hill and Stephen Farr.

The organ is not usually thought to be the most sociable of instruments, and organists, stuck in their chilly lofts, wearing their special pedalling shoes, can be a solitary breed; so it may be something of a surprise to discover that there is a large and varied repertoire for two organists, whether they are at the same keyboard or occupying their own separate benches.

The music on this recording has been chosen to give some idea of the repertoire available, to show off the capabilities of the three organs in Winchester Cathedral, and last but not least to show that organists can have some of the best tunes!

Most of the present Cathedral Organ derives from an instrument built by Henry Willis for the Great Exhibition in 1851.

…In 1986 Harrison & Harrison undertook a complete rebuild and tonal revision, including the addition of a large Nave Organ and a completely new Choir Organ; the Pedal Organ was also enlarged… The Song Room Organ, a three-stop instrument built by Nicholson’s of Worcester, has two manuals and pedals with mechanical action throughout… The Chamber Organ, built by J. W. Walker and Sons, is normally situated in the Quire.

1 Variations on an Easter Theme Rutter
2 A Fancy for Two to Play Tomkins
3 Sonata in D Lucchinetti
4 Duet for Eliza Wesley
5 Fantasia in F minor and major, K 594 – 1. Adagio Mozart
6 2. Allegro Mozart
7 3. Adagio Mozart
8 Sinfonie Musicali No. 1, ‘La Cremonese’ Viadana
9 Adagio für die Flötenuhr WoO 33 No.1 Beethoven
10 Concerto in B flat – 1. Spiritoso Lucchinetti
11 2. Allegro Lucchinetti
12 Fugue in G Minor, K 401 Mozart
13 3 Minuets from ‘Eight Pieces for Musical Clocks’ – 1. No 1: Tempo di menuetto Haydn
14 2. No 4: Tempo di menuetto Haydn
15 3. No 6: Menuett allegretto Haydn
16 Danse macabre Saint-Saens