All The Stops: The David Drury Collection

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All The Stops: The David Drury Collection
David Drury (organ)

[ ABC Classics / 3 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Monday 5 August 2019

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When the mighty Sydney Town Hall Organ, one of the wonders of the musical world, emerged from 12 solid years of repairs and refurbishment in the mid 1980s, the organist chosen to capture its magnificence on disc for the first time was the Australian virtuoso David Drury.

This 3CD set begins with that extraordinary recording, made to celebrate the centenary of this unique and glorious instrument: built by William Hill in 1890, the biggest and best-preserved 19th-century Romantic organ in the world.

Drury's flawless technique is coupled with an extraordinary sensitivity to the vast range of tonal colours available on its 8,756 pipes, which range in size from barely 10cm ? no bigger than a ball-point pen ? to a record-breaking 64 foot (19½ metre) Contra-Trombone stop. There is music of whisper-light delicacy and music of earth-shaking grandeur, and every possible shade and timbre in between.

A second disc, released in 1993 and included as CD2 of this collection, continues this magical pairing of master-organist and world-renowned instrument, while extensive liner notes trace the organ?s fascinating history.

Disc 3 takes us to Melbourne, where Drury explores the power and the subtlety of another splendid instrument: the T.C. Lewis organ in St Paul's Cathedral. Across all three discs, Drury offers a dazzling range of repertoire, from monumental organ works by Reger and Liszt to orchestral classics by Bach, Elgar, Saint-Saëns and Wagner, brilliantly arranged for the 'king of instruments'.

This collection also features thrilling improvisations by Drury himself ? the only Australian ever to win the prestigious Tournemire Prize for improvisation.

Tracks:

Mendelssohn: Athalie: War March of the Priests
Franck, C: Cantabile, M36
Gigout: Pièces (10) pour orgue, 1892: Toccata in B minor
Wagner: Begluckt darf nun dich 'Pilgrims' Chorus' (from Tannhauser)
Dupré: Cortège et Litanie, Op. 19 No. 2
Peeters: Aria for organ, Op. 51a
Saint-Saëns: Danse macabre, Op. 40
Stanford: Fantasia and Toccata in D minor, Op. 57
Drury: Improvisation On A Theme Of Nigel Butterley
Hollins: A Song of Sunshine
Moszkowski: Romance sans paroles (No. 3 from Pièces mignonnes (10), Op. 77)
Koehne: Gothic Toccata
Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D major, Op. 39 No. 1
Bach, J S: Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV1068: Air ('Air on a G String')
Whitlock, P: Organ Sonata in C minor
Liszt: Fantasia and Fugue on 'Ad nos, ad salutarem undam', S259
Elgar: Nimrod (from Enigma Variations)
Drury: Improvisation On A Theme Of Peter Sculthorpe
Hollins: A Trumpet Minuet
Vierne, L: Pièces de fantaisie, 3rd suite, Op. 54: No. 6, Carillon de Westminster
Saint-Saëns: Prelude & Fugue Op. 109 No. 3 in C major
Drury: Improvisation
Jackson, F: Toccata, Chorale & Fugue Op. 16
Jongen: Quatre Pieces, Op. 37
Reger: Chorale Fantasia on 'Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme', Op. 52 No. 2