Canadian Organ Music on the Organ of Coventry Cathedral | Delphian DCD34234

Canadian Organ Music on the Organ of Coventry Cathedral


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Label: Delphian

Cat No: DCD34234

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 28th February 2020



Underpinning 21st-century virtuosity with a moving story of continent-crossings both musical and personal, Rachel Mahonís debut recital album surveys a century of organ music from Mahonís native Canada, presenting it on a British instrument which is itself a testimony to the generosity of Canadian music-lovers in the difficult years of post-war reconstruction.

In 1952 Healey Willan, an organist and composer born in England in 1880 but resident in Canada since 1913, presented the Provost of Coventry Cathedral with a cheque from the Royal Canadian College of Organists, representing a sizeable donation from the Collegeís members and the Canadian public towards the cost of an organ for the new cathedral, which opened in 1962. Having made the opposite move to Willan, from Canada to the UK, Mahon is now Assistant Director of Music at the cathedral.

Her recital opens with Willanís own, Bachian Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue and follows it with items by his student Gerald Bales and by Ruth Watson Henderson, before culminating in another work of transcontinental influence, Rachel Laurinís impressive contribution to the French organ symphony tradition.


It is difficult to imagine a more impressive location for these four substantial organ works by Canadian composers of the past 100 years. ... Rachel Mahon is a Canadian organist who is currently based at Coventry Cathedral as assistant director of music, and combines her knowledge and background in Canadian organ music with her knowledge and understanding of the magnificent Harrison and Harrison instrument instrument in Coventry. ... Rachel Mahon has done Canadian organ music proud in this outstanding recording.  Marc Rochester
Gramophone March 2020
This is a spectacular debut solo album by Canadian Rachel Mahon, now assistant director of music at Coventry Cathedral. Mahon plays with presence and muscularity to match her fireproof virtuosity.... The repertoire well suits the Coventry organ (largely paid for by Canadian donations), and the recorded sound is both exciting and atmospheric. Tremendous stuff.
Choir and Organ
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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