Melbourne Sounds Grand
Thomas Heywood plays the Grand Concert Organ at the Melbourne Town Hall. With an enormous range of colour, dynamics and glorious, exciting orchestral sounds, the Grand Concert Organ in Melbourne's Town Hall is a world-class instrument. In the grand concert organ tradition, brilliant organist Thomas Heywood performs a diverse program of popular organ music particularly chosen for this instrument.
Includes Lemare's 'Toccata di Concerto', McKie's 'Romance in G', Bach's 'Fantasia and Fugue in C minor', Grainger's 'Colonial Song', Best's 'Concert Fantasia on a Welsh March', Cocker's humorous 'Tuba Tune', Thalben-Ball's Elegy, Walton's 'Coronation March' and Lemare's transcription of 'Home, Sweet Home'. The comprehensive 24 page colour booklet covers the music, composers, the hall, the organ and its specifications.
Thomas Heywood is one of Australia's most-sought after concert organists, holding an enviable reputation as one of the leading interpreters of the large-scale romantic and transcription repertoire.
“Thomas Heywood plays the works with great drive and youthful zest ... the quality of the recording sound, the balance and the overall ambience are uniformly excellent.”
— Organ Historical Trust of Australia
“the CD is worth having ... [Thomas] shows off this huge organ effectively ... [and] is an excellent performer ...”
— The Delian, USA
“Heywood's playing is in the venerable tradition of Town Hall recitalists and includes a certain amount of bravura necessary to bring off the many Edwardian and Victorian works on the program”
— The Age - Green Guide
- Toccata di Concerto, Op. 59 Edwin Henry Lemare
- Sonata in D, KV 144 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- Romance in G William N. McKie
- Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542 Johann Sebastian Bach
- Colonial Song Percy Grainger
- Concert Fantasia on a Welsh March William Thomas Best
- Tuba Tune Norman Cocker
- A Song of Sunshine Roland Diggle
- Elegy George Thalben-Ball
- Coronation March: "Orb and Sceptre" William Walton
- Home, Sweet Home
- Thomas Heywood · organ
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.
Percy Aldridge Grainger (1882-1961) is one of Australia's best known composers. A brilliant arranger of folk music but also a pioneer in percussion and electronic music, Grainger's Warriors was recently heard in the opening ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era. He composed over 600 works, many acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, piano, operatic, and choral music. He is among the most enduringly popular of classical composers.