Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Jennifer Bate - Whitlock (1903-1946) Organ Music


    Artist: Jennifer Bate
    Album: Whitlock Organ Music
    Released: 1999 (1982)
    Label: ASV
    Catalog N°: CD QS 6233
    Genre: Classical, Organ
    File Format: eac_iso_wv_cue_log covers 247MB

    "Jennifer Bate's lyrical approach and sensitive registration is a constant delight, and it is a pleasure to hear the right music on the right instrument in the right hands."
    The Organ - August 1999

    Plymouth Suite (1937) played on the organ of St Andrew's Parish Church, Plymouth.

    Introduction and the Plymouth Suite

    At the time when Vaughan Williams was writing his middle-period symphonies and Britten was beginning to find his mature voice, a composer was writing music for the organ which would become part of the standard repertoire. Percy Whitlock did not devise a 'new' music - he was no Dupré or Messiaen. However, what he achieved was a perfect fusion of late romantic, neo-classical and dance hall styles - with the emphasis on the late-romantic. He was a master-craftsman who is impossible to classify. He cannot be termed a 'light' music composer - witness his great Organ Symphony. Yet he was able to produce 'pop' pieces such as the 'Bucket and Spade Polka'. He was eclectic and in this sense his style appeals to all except those who despise any nod in the direction of what is popular.

    Five Short Pieces (1929), Four Extemporisations (1933) and Seven Sketches on Verses of the Psalms (1934) played on the organ of The Bragwyn Hall, Swansea.


    01. Whitlock: Plymouth Suite - Allegro Risoluto 04:50
    02. Whitlock: Plymouth Suite - Lantana 02:36
    03. Whitlock: Plymouth Suite - Chanty 02:23
    04. Whitlock: Plymouth Suite - Salix 02:57
    05. Whitlock: Plymouth Suite - Toccata 04:17
    06. Whitlock: Five Short Pieces - Allegretto 02:45
    07. Whitlock: Five Short Pieces - Folk Tune 03:26
    08. Whitlock: Five Short Pieces - Andante Tranquillo 02:12
    09. Whitlock: Five Short Pieces - Scherzo 01:31
    10. Whitlock: Five Short Pieces - Paean 02:54
    11. Whitlock: Four Extemporisations - Carol 03:39
    12. Whitlock: Four Extemporisations - Divertimento 03:05
    13. Whitlock: Four Extemporisations - Fidelis 02:59
    14. Whitlock: Four Extemporisations - Fanfare 06:45
    15. Whitlock: Seven Sketches on Verses of the Psalms - Pastorale 02:14
    16. Whitlock: Seven Sketches on Verses of the Psalms - Duetto 02:44
    17. Whitlock: Seven Sketches on Verses of the Psalms - Plaint 04:19
    18. Whitlock: Seven Sketches on Verses of the Psalms - Exultemus 03:56
    19. Whitlock: Seven Sketches on Verses of the Psalms - Preamble 03:11
    20. Whitlock: Seven Sketches on Verses of the Psalms - Intermezzo 02:31
    21. Whitlock: Seven Sketches on Verses of the Psalms - Sortie 05:10

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