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CHAN 10489

Variations on America: Organ Works

The Classical Shop
release date: May 2009

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio File
Originally recorded in 2008

Artists:

Iain Quinn

on the Organ of Coventry Cathedral

Venue:

Coventry Cathedral



Producer:

Rachel Smith



Engineer:

Jonathan Cooper


Paul Quilter

(Assistant)

Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

Organ




Total Time - 70:26
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AARON COPLAND

(1900-1990)
1 

Preamble (For a Solemn Occasion) (1949)

5:31
  Arranged for Organ 1953  
  With bold and noble expressivity throughout - Allargando  
 

CHARLES IVES

(1874-1954)
2 

Variations on 'America', S 140 (1891-92, additions c. 1909-10, revised c. 1949)

8:51
  for Organ  
  Allegro - Moderato -  
  Variation I. Moderato -  
  Variation II. Andante -  
  Interlude (ad lib.) -  
  Variation III. Allegro -  
  Variation IV. Polonaise -  
  Interlude (ad lib.) -  
  Variation V. Allegro (as fast as the pedals can go) -  
  Allegretto - (ad lib.) - Full Organ  
3 

Adeste Fidelis, S 131 (1898/c. 1903)

4:11
  in an Organ Prelude  
  Adagio maestoso  
   
premiere recording
4 

Fugue, S 136 (c. 1898)

5:04
  in E flat major - in Es-Dur - en mi bémol majeur  
  Moderato  
   
premiere recording
5 

Fugue, S 135 (c. 1898)

3:31
  in C minor - in c-Moll - en ut mineur  
  Edited by John Kirkpatrick and Charles Krigbaum  
 

HENRY COWELL

(1897-1965)
premiere recording
6 

Hymn and Fuguing Tune No. 14 (1962)

7:16
  for Organ  
 

WILLIAM GRANT STILL

(1895-1978)
7 

Reverie (1962)

4:38
  Slow  
 

SAMUEL BARBER

(1910-1981)
premiere recording
 

Prelude and Fugue (1927)

8:23  
  in B minor - in h-Moll - en si mineur  
8 Prelude. Andante, quasi adagio - 2:46
9 Fugue. Andante con moto - Adagio 5:37
   
10 

Wondrous Love, Op. 34 (1958)

8:23
  Variations on a shape-note hymn  
  For Richard Roeckelein  
  In moderate tempo - Slightly faster - Same tempo - With grace - Very much slower  
 

STEPHEN PAULUS

(b. 1949)
  premiere commercial recording  
 

Triptych (2000)

14:40  
11 I Like an Ever-rolling Stream 4:30
12 II Still Be My Vision 5:56
13 III As if the Whole Creation Cried 4:12
 Iain Quinn on the Organ of Coventry Cathedral
  21-23 January 2008  
Variations on America presents a programme that includes both the well-known works of the American organ repertoire alongside pieces that are welcome discoveries for the listener

This is Iain Quin’s third disc for Chandos and characteristically presents a fascinating selection of hitherto under-recorded and un-recorded organ works.

This recording from Coventry Cathedral should prove a fascinating and rewarding collection.

Copland’s The Preamble (For a Solemn Occasion) and Charles Ives’s Variations on America are two large works that are well known in the organ repertoire. Ives’ Variations on America is accompanied by two fugues which here receive their first recording and Organ Prelude on Adeste Fidelis, in many respects quintessential Ives. The disc is completed by several world premieres including Cowell’s Hymn and Fuguing Tune No.14, Barber’s Prelude and Fugue in B minor and Stephen Paulus’s Triptypch.

'The playing of this young musician is, as I have implied, very fine and at all times highly musical. His registrations are excellent and the detail of his part playing is first-class. Here is a rare collection, splendidly presented and recorded, which is very strongly recommended.'
International Record Review on Czech Music for Organ

‘sympathetic and stylish playing from the brilliant and versatile Iain Quinn.’
Cathedral Music on Tsar of Instruments.

“…Quinn’s playing is faultless throughout and credit must be given to his handling of the diverse array of sounds.” “…The recording quality is of a very high standard and the sound comes across very clearly indeed in the Cathedral’s acoustic.”  *****

Jamal Sutton
 

The Organ - Spring 2010

“This is one spectacular organ recording, even given its Chandos pedigree. Pedal tones are vividly and viscerally registered, even in the quietest moments, and the sound is utterly undistorted, top to bottom, at all dynamic levels. ‘Variations on America’ is an apt title for this release. In it Welsh-born organist Iain Quinn has chosen pieces that reflect America’s religiosity, innocence and dynamism…”
In their wisdom, the producers of this disc have chosen to put the most spectacular piece last – Paulus’s Triptych , composed in 2000…” “This is an all-stops-pulled tour de force for both the organ and the organist …”
“The organ is that of the 14th-century cathedral of St Michael in Coventry.” “It was first built in 1886, and, after the cathedral’s destruction in World War II, painstakingly rebuilt by Harrison and Harrison in 1962. That ill-fated but redeemed cathedral provides a fine acoustical surround that enhances and, like Quinn’s musicianship, enlivens all the pieces on this release.”


William Zagorski

 

Fanfare - January/February 2010


"The conservative restraint of most of this intriguing collection is blown away by the rhythmic energy of the outer movements of Stephen Paulus’s Triptych. Iain Quinn is scrupulous throughout but deserved the chance to show off – and so did the Coventry Cathedral organ."

Peter Dickinson

Gramophone - August 2009




*****
D Shulman