Malcolm Williamson (1931-2003), Master of the Queen's Music from 1975 until his death, was a gifted pianist and organist as well as a prolific composer. His music, which began to make an impact soon after his arrival in Britain from Australia in 1953, naturally includes a substantial number of works for the organ, among them the monumental Symphony of 1960. His writing for organ is strikingly powerful in its originality and its eclectic mix of styles, ranging from lyrical introspection to dazzling virtuosity.
Tom Winpenny, organ
Catalogue No: TOCC0246EAN/UPC: 5060113442468Release Date: 05.05.2014Composer: Malcolm Williamson Artists: Tom Winpenny
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The Sunday Times :
“The last but one Master of the Queen’s Music was a distinguished organist as well as composer, and this disc, impressively realised by Winpenny, presents six pieces culminating in the grand Symphony for Organ (1960), one of the most substantial contributions to the instrument’s modern repertoire. …If the prolific Williamson had written nothing else, he would still be remembered for this beautiful, colourful, profound essay.” The Sunday Times
Bruce Reader :
“…Tom Winpenny gives us some terrific performances aided much by the sound of the magnificent H & H organ which is splendidly caught in the fine recording.” The Classical Reviewer
Paul Driver :
“Williamson’s Symphony for Organ (1960) is an outstanding contribution to the instrument’s modern repertoire – beautiful, colourful and profound.” The Sunday Times
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