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Over 70 minutes of ostinato-based organ music, featuring:
Max Reger - Introduction and
Passacaglia in D minor
Girolamo Frescobaldi - Partite sopra
Richard Arnell, Tim Brooke, Paul Burnell, Gary Carpenter,
Michael Finnissy, Robert Godman, Simon Gottschalk, John Hawkins, Robert Hugill,
Julian Joseph, Andrew McBirnie, James Mooney-Dutton, Annie Parker, Tim
Parkinson, Antony Pitts, Matthew Power, Daryl Runswick, Ian Stephens, Joby
Talbot, Len Tubb, Nick White, Guy Woolfenden - Passacaglia on themes of
first recording of this tribute piece to the talented
British composer, Joanne Johnson, 1969-1997: 22 composers have written one
variation each - in performance, any number of variations are played in any
Andrew Lloyd Webber - Variation 16, from Variations on the A
minor Caprice by Niccolo Paganini
first recording of this organ
Dietrich Buxtehude - Passacaglia in D minor
Purcell - Chaconne in G minor
Nicholas Ansdell-Evans - Passacaglia
Healey Willan - Introduction and
Passacaglia in E flat minor
Dick Koomans - Basso Ostinato
Johann Sebastian Bach - Passacaglia in C minor
Buxtehude and Bach pieces are given mature and yet energetic performances,
whilst the Lloyd Webber and Koomans have so much vitality and bounce to them
that they are quite addictive. On this his debut solo organ disc Paul Ayres
shows himself to be a player of the highest calibre..."
The Organ, August 1998.
"Paul Ayres's attractively constructed
programme... His playing is never less than assured..."
BBC Music Magazine November 1998.
"This is an imaginative record, by a
fine player on a fine instrument... the playing is splendid!"
Fisher, Organists' Review, November 1998.
"...an interesting programme,
well played with great energy"
Church Music Quarterly, January 1999.
"Paul Ayres shows excellent technique and stylistic awareness throughout.
a CD exploring the organ and some new music with great enthusiasm and flair."
Basil Ramsey, Music & Vision (daily internet music magazine) May
recorded at St Peter's Church, Ealing, London 1998
Catalogue number: Fand Music Recordings FAND 102
Organ: 3-manual Bishop & Son, 1895, 1924, 1983