• On this special 2-CD set 19th century repertoire is coupled with the works of one of the world's first international organ virtuosi, Marcel Dupré, who gave the opening recital on the Grand Organ in 1924 and who shines as the leading light of the French school of organist-improviser-composers. Royal College of Organists 'Performer of the Year' 2002, Robert Quinney enjoys a growing reputation as a dynamic performer, whose repertoire stretches from the sixteenth century to the present day. He served as Assistant Master of Music of Westminster Cathedral from 2000 to 2004 and is currently Sub-Organist of Westminster Abbey. His playing, as a soloist and in ensemble - has received critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. This is his first solo recording. Quinney's technique is impeccable and his registration spot on - BBC Music Choice This is a great recording - I've no hesitation in saying it's one of the best organ CDs you'll ever hearGramophone
  • Since the Royal Albert Hall organ was inaugurated by W.T.Best, the most famous performer of his day, in the presence of Queen Victoria on the 29th March 1871, it seems appropriate to begin this programme with one of Best’s own organ transcriptions: the Overture to Mendelssohn’s Oratorio St. Paul. Mendelssohn’s own performances of Bach on the organ in St. Paul’s Cathedral and elsewhere during the 1830s had been wildly acclaimed by the crowds who came to hear him and Best took full advantage of the enormous surge in interest in performances of music arranged for the organ. After the Mendelssohn Overture it is but a short step to the symphonic nature of Schumann’s Six Fugues on the name B-A-C-H, to which the wide dynamic range and sonic possibilities of the Albert Hall organ are ideally matched. About £1.7m has been spent on refurbishing this illustrious instrument, and it sounds wonderful in Preston's performances of a repertoire designed to show off its versatility - The Sunday Times Now Simon Preston has devised this magnificent programme of music, magnificently played and impressivley recorded, that suits the instrument's ample dimensions ideally - The Sunday Telegraph Rhythmic drive has always been fundamental to his brand, but the sheer force of gesture and manipulation of tone colour are the winning qualities for me - BBC Music Magazine His programme is electrifying ... trademark virtuosity, dazzlingly displayed ... as a communicative, musical and absorbing performance, this is unbeatable ... this disc is an absolute must have - International Record Review Preston glories in the organ's inexhaustible versatility - Cambridge (Magazine of the Cambridge Society)
  • Robert Quinney performs a stunning recital of works by Elgar on the organ of Westminster Abbey. Quinney has been Sub-Organist there since 2004, performing for a variety of celebrated occasions including the Royal Wedding in April this year. ★★★★★ Magnificent - The Daily Telegraph Performance ★★★★ Recording ★★★★★ Thoughtfully programmed, compellingly played, Quinney's Elgar entices - BBC Music Magazine ★★★★ The early Sonata in G (the only work here written for the organ) fares best of all, Quinney subtly exploiting its quasi-symphonic mien to good effect - Choir & Organ Magazine Signum Classics' recording is tremendously vivid across the whole spectrum and captures the Westminster Abbey atmosphere in all its blazing majesty - Gramophone
  • Signum Classics are proud to announce Jeremy Filsell's second release on Signum Records - The Symphonies of Louis Vierne. Louis Vierne, one of the great concert organists and composers of the 20th century, is best known for his organ works. In each of the six Symphonies for Organ, Vierne explores a method of generating a symphony from just a few themes. He once stated that he was far more attracted by musical thematicism than by tone colour. Born virtually blind, Vierne showed an early aptitude for music. His works are said to reflect the vast and decorated architecture of Notre Dame in Paris. Filsell, famously untroubled by technical demands, concentrates on wringing every last drop of sonority in deeply-felt, idiomatic performances - BBC Music Magazine Sends shivers down the spine ... Filsell has done both Vierne and discerning organ-lovers a great service - The Times The recording is amongst the best of St Ouen, blending individual colour and clarity with acoustic swirl and overall character of this famous instrument - CD News
  • Signum is delighted to announce the debut disc of the organist Colm Carey on Signum Records. Die Kunst der Fuge: is one of J.S.Bach's great contrapuntal masterpieces - extraordinary for each movement being in the same key. It is a remarkable cohesion of material and style; Bach, at the end of his life, seems to be in pursuit of a pure and abstract contrapuntal beauty, which encourages a retrospective foray into the works of past masters such as Palestrina and Frescobaldi. Playing the van Leeuwen/Flentrop organ in the Dutch Church, London, Colm Carey confronts and examines the nature of the music; its emotional impact and relevance in the context of the early 21st century.
  • David Goode continues his new series of the complete organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach, played on the Metzler Söhne organ of Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge. is seventh volume for March 2018 includes festive works such as In dulci jubilo. This digital-only recording is available from all major download stores and streaming services in MP3, CD Quality and Studio Quality/24-bit audio. It is also available to buy as a ‘Presto CD’ – made to order by Presto Classical with a printed booklet and inlay. Beautifully played with a nice variety of organ colourChoir and Organ You could do no better than to purchase or download this volume - Cathedral Music
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    David Goode continues his new series of the complete organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach, played on the Metzler Söhne organ of Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge. is sixth volume for December 2017 includes festive works such as In dulci jubilo. This digital-only recording is available from all major download stores and streaming services in MP3, CD Quality and Studio Quality/24-bit audio, and includes an extensive note on the works by George Parsons. It is also available to buy as a ‘Presto CD’ – made to order by Presto Classical with a printed booklet and inlay.
  • David Goode continues his new series of the complete organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach, played on the Metzler Söhne organ of Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge.
    This digital-only recording is available from all major download stores and streaming services in MP3, CD Quality and Studio Quality/24-bit audio, and includes an extensive note on the works by George Parsons. It is also available to buy as a ‘Presto CD’ – a standard CD made to order by Presto Music with a printed booklet and inlay.
  • David Goode continues his new series of the complete organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach, played on the Metzler Söhne organ of Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge. This digital-only recording is available from all major download stores and streaming services in MP3, CD Quality and Studio Quality/24-bit audio, and includes an extensive note on the works by George Parsons. It is also available to buy as a ‘Presto CD’ – a standard CD made to order by Presto Music with a printed booklet and inlay.
  • Naji Hakim returns to disc on Signum with a second volumne of powerful organ works, featuring works inspired by different locations around the world with his Suite Norvégienne, Esquisses Persanes and Suite Française.
    Completed in 2000, the Schuke Organ of the Palacio Euskalduna is housed in a magnificent concert hall of wood and steel - itself inspired by the Euskulduna shipyards that once occupied the area. A modern instrument, it is well-suited to the nuanced voicings of modern organ compositions, as well as being sympathetic and adaptable to the great works of the past.
  • The Temple Church Choir gives the world premiere recording of Nico Muhly’s Our present charter – a brand new four-movement work commissioned by the choir to celebrate 800 years since the sealing of the Magna Carta.  Directed by Roger Sayer and featuring organist Greg Morris, the recording also features choral works by Parry, Vaughan Williams, Walton, Bairstow, Tavener and Haydn.

    ★★★★★ Sensitive interpretations enhance the excellence of the singing... Highly Reccomended -  Choir & Organ ★★★★ Under their new director Roger Sayer the choir is obviously on strong form - Planet Hugill These superb recordings serve as sonorous reminders of the British choral tradition and its vibrant contemporary lifeOpera News
  • Naji Hakim returns to disc on Signum with a new and powerful collection of organ works. Hakim is joined by Marie-Bernadette Dufource for the central piece of the programme, a set of meditation for two organists inspired by Lucas Cranach the Elder’s woodcuts of the Apostles. Completed in 2000, the Schuke Organ of the Palacio Euskalduna is housed in a magnificent concert hall of wood and steel - itself inspired by the Euskulduna shipyards that once occupied the area. A modern instrument, it is well-suited to the nuanced voicings of modern organ compositions, as well as being sympathetic and adaptable to the great works of the past.
    Naji Hakim's extraordinary virtuosity has never been in doubtChoir and Organ Hakim is joined by his wife, Marie-Bernadette Dufourcet, and so perfect is their musical partnership that it is easy to overlook that there are two players involvedGramophone
  • 2012 marks the 15th anniversary of the first release from the leading independent classical label Signum Records. Beginning life as an early music specialist (with a landmark release of the Complete Works of Thomas Tallis with Chapelle du Roi), Signum has grown since 1997 to a catalogue of over 300 releases across a wide range of genres. The organ collection combines works by world class performers (including Simon Preston, David Goode, Jeremy Filsell, Naji Hakim, Joseph Nolan and more) recorded on organs from Freiberg, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey & Cathedral, the Royal Albert Hall and more - all selected from titles across the Signum catalogue.
    A sampler ranging from the boxy organ of Buckingham Palace to the magnificent instruments of Freiberg and Rouen; nearly as many players, too, and repertoire from Bach to LanglaisBBC Music Magazine Among the plentiful gems here, David Goode's Messiaen in Eton, Samuel Wesley's Choral Song courtesy of James Vivian in London's Temple Church, and Robert Quinney's haunting performance of 'Nimrod' in Westminster Abbey especially stand outChoir & Organ
  • Naji Hakim returns to disc on Signum with a new release of his own unique compositions for solo organ – performed on the magnificent Stahlhuth-Jann Organ of St Martin’s Church, Dudelange, Grand Duché du Luxembourg. One of the finest organists in the world and a composer of no little significance … [Gershwinesca] brings this impressive issue to a brilliant conclusion - International Record Review

    A walk on the wild side; an absolute must for adventure lovers - MusicWeb International

  • The two major organ works on these discs (his longest for organ) show Max Reger at the height of his powers; not only do they sustain a structural coherence over an impressive span, but they show an almost inexhaustible proliferation of invention.

    As well as the large-scale Variations and Fugue on an Original Theme and the Introduction Passacaglia and Fugue in E minor, this 2CD set includes a collection shorter preludes and fugues - the Five Easy Preludes and Fugues and two transcriptions of preludes and fugues by JS Bach from the Well-Tempered Clavier.

    The concentration necessary in the shorter works lends them, paradoxically, a feeling of greater substanceThe Times Compelling recitalsThe Northern Echo
     
  • Christus

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    This extraordinary work is a virtuosic masterpiece, and one that many-an-organist might be fearful of performing, let alone recording, ‘live’. Jeremy Filsell’s masterly musicianship and skills here produce a stunning live account of this important work. Not a work beholden to any other: rather, an astonishingly original composition, compelling in its structural logic and exhilarating in performance. All in all, a stupendous achievement - The Times An inspired work on a grand scale that gradually reveals its greatness - Gramophone A tour de force - The Spectator Arrestingly original ...the large-scale cohesion fulfils its designation as 'Symphony' with monumental conviction - Musical Times I found this performance by Jeremy Filsell invigorating and overwhelmingly exciting - Musical Pointers