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

Canadian Organ Music on the Organ of Coventry Cathedral


Label: Delphian

Cat No: DCD34234

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Expected 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.

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