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Frederick Frahm - Works for Organ

Music for organ composed by American Frederick Frahm, recorded at St Luke's Lutheran church, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.

Released by sfz in 2013 (SFZM0113)

1      As of Fire           

Sonata d'Église (les retour des fideles)

2      Entrée                 

3      Mélodie Mélancolique     

4      Sortie Joyeuse     

Two Chorale Fantasies

5      Vom Himmel Hoch     

6      Sheng En      

Sonata per Organo (Il Girovago)

7      Allegro Impetuoso     

8      Adagio Malinconico     

9      Scherzo Frenetico     

Three New Mexico Sketches

10      By the Rio Grande at Dawn     

11      In Chaco Canyon at Noon     

12      At Dusk on the Plains of St. Agustin 

Septem Verba (with David Felberg, violin)

13      Remissio     

14      Paradiso     

15      Mulier           

16      Desero     

17      Sitio           

18      Perfectio    

19      Commendo       


Byrd to Blow

The English Baroque Organ

St Giles-in-the-Fields

Recorded on the restored 1734 organ of St Giles-in-the-Fields, London Released 2011 (Herald HAVPCD 363)

Featuring music by:

William Byrd
John Bull
Orlando Gibbons
Thomas Tomkins
Henry Purcell
John Blow

“Walker’s playing throughout is characterized by an elegant intensity and a fondness for pursuing clarity through the delicate balance of line and colour.”
- Robert Levett, International Record Review, November 2011
"Bravo. Not a moment when I wasn't enthralled..."
- Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, Principal, Royal Academy of Music, London
"With pipe-work dating back to the late 17th century, the organ of St Giles-in-the-Fields in London’s West End proves to be the perfect vehicle for this sublime survey of English organ music from Byrd to Blow, with pieces by Bull, Gibbons, Tomkins and Purcell adding poetic ballast of their own. A former organist in residence at the church, Robin Walker clearly knows his way around the instrument, delivering one pristine performance after another that accommodates each compositional voice with plangent eloquence. Excellent recorded sound adds to the pleasure." ***** (5 stars)
- Michael Quinn, Choir & Organ magazine, March/April 2012

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John Ellis – Music for Organ, Vol. 2

Recorded at Bolton Parish Church, Lancashire, UK Released 2009 (Divine Art dda 25087)

John Ellis - Music for Organ

Track listing:

Variations on Picardy
Scherzo-Fantasie
Festive Voluntary
Two Hymn-Tune Preludes:
Passion Chorale
Veni, Creator
Toccata
Minuet
Three Pieces for Organ
Organ Symphony

Press Reviews

"The music has a distinctive, pleasantly astringent, quality... the organ sounded well... and Robin Walker is a convincing advocate, both of the organ and the music."
– Relf Clark (Choir & Organ - ****4 stars)
"[This disc attests] to the composer's skill and subtle originality. Although broadly tonal the music shows considerable variety harmonically, ranging from the modally expressive to the quartal piquancy of Hindemith. Modulations happen by sleight of hand; the pivot chords provoke marvel, whilst melodies are plastic, limpid and show the influence of plainsong. Extensive and authoritative notes...fine instrument. The Organ Symphony... is surely one of the best organ works of recent decades. John Ellis has found a marvellous champion of his work in Robin Walker... playing is first rate. [The recording] is excellent...lovers of organ music should not hesitate. I look forward to hearing more of John Ellis' work in the future"
– David Hackbridge Johnson (MusicWeb)
"Without a doubt [the organ Symphony] is John Ellis's masterwork and the more I have heard it the more it surprises and amazes me. Any organist interesting in something new and challenging should track it down. Robin Walker is a marvellous advocate... he handles the instrument superbly. The accompanying booklet is a model of its kind. It possesses succinct but useful comments on the music as well as biographies of both the composer and performer."
- Gary Higginson (MusicWeb)

LAUS DEO — Organ Works for the Ordinary

Recorded at St Luke's Lutheran Church, Albuquerque, New Mexico (2009)
Available on request from Frederick Frahm

Laus Deo - Organ Works for the Ordinary

Track listing:

Three Voluntaries
Nobile
Cantabile
Scherzando
Pray without ceasing
Three Chorales
Morning Star
Llangloffan
Noël Nouvelet
Second Fantasy for Organ
Nooksack River Psalms
Psalm 87
Psalm 42
Psalm 143
Three Chapels
Chimayó
Acoma
Rosario
Epithalamion
Santos
San Acacio
San Cayetano
San Geronimo