Arnold Cooke: Organ Music

Catalogue No: TOCC0659
EAN/UPC: 5060113446596
Release Date: 2022-12-02
Composer: Arnold Cooke
Artists: Tom Winpenny

The music of Arnold Cooke, born in Yorkshire in 1906, had already fallen into neglect by the time of his death 99 years later. Cooke was a prolific composer, with two operas, six symphonies, numerous concertos and a generous amount of chamber music to his credit – nor did he neglect the organ, as this album of his major organ pieces reveals. Cooke’s style owes much to his teacher, Hindemith, not least since both men were natural contrapuntists, although there are also points of contact with Bartók and Shostakovich, and occasional touches of Walton’s ceremonial sparkle and no-nonsense grandeur.

Tom Winpenny, organ of St Albans Cathedral

Listen To This Recording:

    Sonata No. 1 in G, D118 (1971)*

  1. I Allegro moderato
  2. II Andante
  3. III Allegro con brio
  4. Fantasia, D95 (1962)*

  5. Poco lento – Allegro
  6. Prelude, Intermezzo and Finale, D87 (1962)*

  7. Prelude (Allegro)
  8. Intermezzo (Andante)
  9. Finale (Allegro moderato)
  10. Sarabande, D34 (1960–61)

  11. Sarabande, D34
  12. Toccata and Aria, D104 (1966)

  13. Toccata (Allegro moderato)
  14. Aria (Andante)
  15. Suite in G, D167 (1989)

  16. I Chaconne (Moderato)
  17. II Allegro vivace
  18. III Andante
  19. IV Jig (Allegro con brio)
  20. Impromptu, D105 (1966)

  21. Impromptu, D105
  22. Prelude for Tudeley, D166 (1989)

  23. Prelude for Tudeley, D166
  24. Sonata No. 2 in E, D146 (1980)

  25. I Fantasia (Allegro moderato)
  26. II Aria (Lento)
  27. III Scherzo (Vivace)
  28. IV Finale (Allegro)


1 review for Arnold Cooke: Organ Music

  1. :

    ‘Tom Winpenny has become one of the leading organists on record. His expertise and technical command is clear in every bar of this recording, in stimulating and absorbing performances. […]

    The recording, engineered by Andrew Post, is ideal. It is clear and resonant, allowing the listener to gain a sense of “being there”. […]

    Arnold Cooke’s music is a subtle fusion of German technique with a largely English sensibility. It is a perfect synthesis of styles.’

    —John France, MusicWeb International

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