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Jennifer Bate - British Organ Music: Elgar And His Contemporaries (1995)

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Jennifer Bate - British Organ Music: Elgar And His Contemporaries (1995)

Jennifer Bate - British Organ Music: Elgar And His Contemporaries (1995)
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Classical, Organ | Label: ASV | # CD QS 6160 | Time: 01:15:21

"Jennifer Bate is an excellent organist, not only for her virtuosity, but for her musicianship and sensitivity in choosing her timbre. She loves what she plays and knows how to make others love it too". (Olivier Messiaen)

Given such praise from the 20th century's greatest composer of organ music, Jennifer Bate seems scarcely in need of further bouquets from me, but it is a special pleasure to review her performances of native British composers in contrast to those of Messiaen's inspired outpourings. Not that there is any lack of inspiration in the case of Elgar's Sonata No. l with which the programme opens. It is performed on the organ of the RAH, a sumptuous picture of which adorns the CD cover.

Curiously in 75 minutes of virtually unalloyed enjoyment, my only reservation concerns the first movement which, majestic though it is, lacks clarity in places. After that, all is sweetness and light; glowing and well-integrated colours in the middle movements; jaunty, bandstand articulation in the Finale's 2nd theme, and a thrilling grandstand finish in the last stringendo furlong. Surely Elgar would have approved!

As for the rest, as the Americans so intransitively say, enjoy! I found the soft pieces charmingly portrayed - a Stanford Prelude, Wesley's Holsworthy Church Bells, Rhosymedre, and Solemn Melody. On a larger scale there is Parry's G Minor Fantasia and Fugue and Wesley's Introduction and Fugue. But Elgar has the last word in a stirring Imperial March, which, give or take a largamente or so, could scarcely be bettered.

Organists will revel both in the colourful splendour of the playing, and the three featured instruments, RAH, St. James', Muswell Hill, and St. Andrew's, Plymouth.

It is perhaps of interest here to recall that Ravel described Elgar's music to RVW as 'tout 'a fait Mendelssohn'. Students of British music may be interested to trace the influence of the admired 19th Century European organist-composer in this programme right up to RVW himself.

An enthralling recital persuasively and authoritatively played. Realistic recording. Well judged tempi. What more could you want. Read on!

Review by Andrew Seivewright, MusicWeb-International.com

The ELGAR Organ Sonata is a regal (an anagram of Elgar of course) study for a symphony - or so it seems in character. In fact it has been given the symphonic treatment in an orchestration by Gordon Jacob. This was recorded some years ago on EMI and conducted by Richard Hickox, I believe. Of the four movements the subtle allegretto and the leaping final presto are the most immediately affecting. The disc is rounded out and topped off by the blowsy and slightly clouded pomp of ELGAR's Imperial March - better in orchestral garb, I have to say.

S.S. WESLEY's very low profile Holsworthy Church Bells hardly registers at all and by its side the WESLEY Introduction and Fugue is positively imposing. STANFORD's Gibbons prelude and Postlude is followed by the Dvorakian Andante Tranquillo from the same set. The final allegro non troppo is jolly.

WALFORD DAVIES' famous A Solemn Melody (1908) (here in arrangement for organ alone) is suitably meditative. Ms Bate is very good at this mood. Contrast is the keynote of all three of these discs so it comes as no surprise that after the cloisters comes the big and burly PARRY Fantasia and Fugue (1913). VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Rhosymedre is done with all the melodic casualness of Gerald Finzi.

The recording technicalities are well judged and they communicate, apparently unalloyed, Jennifer Bate's sensitive and above all subtle artistry. An attractively priced (bargain range) issue. Long playing time. Good notes by Ms Bate. A well-balanced recital with mix of familiar and unfamiliar.

Review by Rob Barnett, MusicWeb-International.com

Jennifer Bate - British Organ Music: Elgar And His Contemporaries (1995)



Tracklist:

Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
Organ Sonata No.l in G. Op.28 (1895)
01. First movement: Allegro maestoso (09:03)
02. Second movement: Allegretto (05:29)
03. Third movement: Andante espressivo (05:39)
04. Fourth movement: Presto (commotio) (07:27)

Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876)
05. Holsworthy Church Bells (05:57)
06. Introduction & Fugue in С sharp minor

Sir Charles Villers Stanford (1852-1924)
07. On a Theme Of Orlando Gibbons
(No.2 from Six Short Preludes & Postludes - Set 2. Op. 105) (1908) (02:33)
08. Andante Tranquillo
(No.4 from Six Short Preludes & Postludes - Set 1. Op. 101) (03:15)
09. Allegro Non Troppo e Pesante
(No.2 from Six Short Preludes & Postludes - Set 1. Op. 101) (02:12)

Sir Walford Davies (1869-1941)
10. Solemn Melody for organ & strings (1908) (arr. John E. West) (03:40)

Sir Hubert Parry (1848-1918)
11. Fantasia & Fugue in G minor (1913) (11:25)

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
12. Rhosymedre (melody by J.D. Edwards)
(No.2 from Three Preludes on Welsh Hymn-Tunes) (1920) (04:28)

Sir Edward Elgar
13. Imperial March, Op.32 (arr. Sir George C. Martin) (05:47)


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Jennifer Bate - British Organ Music: Elgar And His Contemporaries (1995)

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