[ Ode Records / CD ]
Release Date: Thursday 6 November 2008
Norma the Dunedin Town Hall Organ is a large & impressive instrument. It is a rare example of a symphonic organ in which conventional organ sounds are combined with orchestral tone colours and unique percussion effects.
Featured here in the last volume of the Stormin' Norma trilogy are more works carefully picked to exhibit the capabilities of this fine organ.
Dunedin based Kemp English is one of New Zealand's leading concert performers. Renowned as an exuberant entertainer, he is much in demand throughout the country.
"There's a line from an old Frank Sinatra song which goes "The best is yet to come". Well - it's here! Volume Three of "Stormin' Norma" and a worthy successor to the previous two it assuredly is, with the redoubtable Kemp English in command of this incredible instrument, and a varied and imaginative selection of favourites old and new. I could short-circuit this review by simply saying "you must buy this CD" - but your editor expects more!" (Organ News)
"His surefire technique yields musical excitement sheathed by rhythmic vitality and control. The exceptionally wide dynamic range of the instrument in its gracious setting is expertly captured in this fine production. Here is an irresistible combination of delightful music making on a heroic instrument."
(American Guild of organists)
1. WALTON - CROWN IMPERIAL MARCH
2. ANDERSON - SLEIGH RIDE
3-5. BOELLMANN - SUITE A NOTRE-DAME, TOCCATA
6. MADDEN - TUBA TUNE IN E FLAT
7. HAYDN - SIX PIECES FOR MUSICAL CLOCK
8. LISZT - FANTASIA & FUGUE ON BACH
9. BACH - CHORALE PRELUDE
10-12. LAWSON - ORGAN WORKS
13. LEFEBUREWELY - MARCH IN F
14. LEMARE - BERCEUSE IN D
15. ELGAR - POMP & CIRCUMSTANCE MARCH # 1
16. HAYDN - ANDANTE
17. SOUSA - THE WASHINGTON POST