Festival of Organ Masterpieces, Volume 1
Douglas Lawrence plays the organ of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne. Includes many of the best loved and frequently played works from the organ repertoire.
A feast of riches! This disc brings together many of the best loved and frequently played works from the organ repertoire performed on St. Patrick's Cathedral Organ, Melbourne.
Features Purcell's 'Abdelazar - The Moor's Revenge', Handel's 'Largo and March 'from 'Judas Maccabeus', Widor's 'Toccata' from 'Symphony No. 5', Bach's 'Jesu Joy', 'Toccata' and 'Fugue in D minor', Couperin's 'Chaconne 'and Mendelssohn's 'Sonata No. 6 Finale'. The booklet features a full specification and historical information about the organ, as well as comprehensive musical notes.
Melbourne organist Douglas Lawrence is Director of Music at The Scots' Church and Teacher of the Organ at the University of Melbourne and was the founding director of Choir of Ormond College, a position he held from 1982 to 2006.
“…It is simply a collection of short and very popular pieces, including several that were written originally for other instruments, played splendidly as organ solos by Douglas Lawrence, and very well recorded… The recording quality is excellent and has an ambience that is absolutely characteristic of the cathedral.”
— John Sinclair, Classics
“Don't miss this one!”
— Victorian Organ Journal
“all popular works and is full of favourites.”
— Bruce Steele, Organo Pleno
- Martial Air Henry Purcell 1:43
- Minuet Henry Purcell 1:31
- Trumpet Tune Henry Purcell 1:01
- Largo George Frideric Handel 3:35
- March From Judas Maccabeus George Frideric Handel 3:22
- Toccata From Symphony No. 5 Charles-Marie Widor 5:23
- Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring Johann Sebastian Bach 3:51
- Sonatina Johann Sebastian Bach 2:04
- Toccata and Fugue D Minor Johann Sebastian Bach 8:35
- Air on a G String Johann Sebastian Bach 4:19
- Rondo 1:56
- Minuet 1:34
- Chaconne in G Minor Louis Couperin 2:45
- Chaconne in D Minor Louis Couperin 2:56
- Adagio in F Minor Archangelo Corelli 1:44
- Benedictus Max Reger 4:24
- Tuba Tune in D Major C. S. Lang 1:59
- Finale from Sonata 6 Felix Mendelssohn 3:52
- Introduction et Chorale 1:58
- Menuet Gothique 2:49
- Prière à Notre-Dame 4:23
- Toccata 3:13
Abdelazar (The Moor's Revenge) Henry Purcell
Suite Gothique, Op.25 Léon Boëllmann
- Douglas Lawrence · organ
Henry Purcell was an English organist and Baroque composer of secular and sacred music. Although Purcell incorporated Italian and French stylistic elements into his compositions, his legacy was a uniquely English form of Baroque music.
George Frideric Handel was a German-British Baroque composer, famous for his operas, oratorios, and concertos. Handel's music was well known to such later composers as Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven.
Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist whose sacred and secular works for choir, orchestra, and solo instruments drew together the strands of the Baroque period and brought it to its ultimate maturity.
Louis Couperin (c. 1626 – 29 August 1661) was a French Baroque composer and performer. None of Couperin's music was published during his lifetime, but manuscript copies of some 200 pieces survive, some of them only rediscovered in the mid-20th century.
Archangelo Corelli (1653-1713) was a great violinist and composer of music for the violin and other stringed instruments. His influence on violin playing was considerable, leading to the great Italian school of violinists, which included several of his pupils.
Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809–1847) was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period. Mendelssohn's work includes symphonies, concerti, oratorios, piano music and chamber music.