Gillian Weir: A Celebration | Australian Eloquence ELQ4841435

Gillian Weir: A Celebration

£90.20

Usually available for despatch within 3-5 working days

Label: Australian Eloquence

Cat No: ELQ4841435

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 22

Release Date: 15th January 2021

Contents

Works

Alain, Jehan

Danses (3)
Fantaisie no.1
Fantaisie no.2
Intermezzo

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Fantasia in G major, BWV572
Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV582
Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV564
Trio Sonata no.1 in E flat major, BWV525

Boellmann, Leon

Versets sur 'Adoro Te'

Bruhns, Nikolaus

Chorale Fantasia on 'Nun komm der Heiden Heiland'
Praeludium in E minor (the larger)
Praeludium in E minor (the smaller)
Praeludium in G major

Bull, John

Doctor Bull's My Selfe
Dr Bull's Juell

Buxtehude, Dieterich

Toccata in F major, BuxWV156

Camilleri, Charles

Missa Mundi

Charpentier, Jacques

L'Ange a la trompette

Clerambault, Louis-Nicolas

Suite du deuxieme ton
Suite du premier ton

Couperin, Francois

Messe pour les Couvents
Messe pour les Paroisses

Dandrieu, Jean-Francois

Premier Livre de Pieces d'Orgue (selection)

Daquin, Louis-Claude

Noel no.12 'Suisse Grand jeu, et Duo'

Demessieux, Jeanne

Chorale Preludes (2), op.8
Te Deum for solo organ, op.11

Dubois, Theodore

Toccata in G major

Dupre, Marcel

Suite bretonne, op.21
» II Fileuse
Symphonie-passion, op.23
» I Le Monde dans l'attente du Sauveur
Symphony no.2 in C sharp minor, op.26
Variations sur un vieux Noel, op.20

Durufle, Maurice

Prelude sur l'Introit de l'Epiphanie, op.13

Eben, Petr

Faust
» Walpurgisnacht

Franck, Cesar

Andantino in G minor, op.25
Choral no.1 in E major, M38
Choral no.2 in B minor, M39
Fantasy in C major, op.16
Final, op.21
Grande piece symphonique, op.17
Pastorale, op.19
Pieces (3) for organ
Prelude, Fugue and Variation, op.18
Priere, op.20

Frescobaldi, Girolamo

Aria detto Balletto

Grigny, Nicolas de

Premier livre d'orgue
» Recit de Tierce en Taille

Heiller, Anton

Suite: In festo Corporis Christi
Tanz-Toccata

Honegger, Arthur

Fugue

Kodaly, Zoltan

Laudes Organi
Psalm 114

Langlais, Jean

Incantation pour un jour saint
Suite breve
» IV Dialogue sur les mixtures

Marchand, Louis

Pieces d'Orgue, Livre 1 (excerpts)
Pieces d'Orgue, Livre 3 (excerpt)
Pieces d'Orgue, Livre 4
Pieces d'Orgue, Livre 5

Mathias, William

Variations on a Hymn Tune, op.20

Mendelssohn, Felix

Hear my prayer (Hor mein Bitten)
Motets (3), op.39
» no.1 Hear my prayer, O Lord (Veni, Domine)
Sacred pieces for soloists, choir and organ (3), op.23
» no.2 Ave Maria

Messiaen, Olivier

Apparition de l'eglise eternelle
Diptyque
L'Ascension (organ)
La Nativite du Seigneur
Le Banquet celeste
Les Corps glorieux
Livre d'orgue
Messe de la Pentecote
Verset pour la fete de la dedicace

Mulet, Henri

Esquisses byzantines (10)
» no.10 Tu es petra et portae inferi non praevalebunt

Roberday, Francois

Fugues et Caprices pour orgue

Rossi, Luigi

Toccata settima

Saint-Saens, Camille

Fantaisie no.1 in E flat major

Scheidt, Samuel

Passamezzo, SSWV107

Sweelinck, Jan Pieterszoon

Mein junges Leben hat ein End, SwWV324

Tomkins, Thomas

Worster brawls

Tournemire, Charles

Choral-Improvisation sur le 'Victimae paschali' (transcr. Durufle)

Valente, Antonio

Lo Ballo dell'Intoricia

Vierne, Louis

Pieces de fantaisie (3)
Pieces de fantaisie (24): Suite no.1, op.51
» no.4 Intermezzo
Pieces de fantaisie (24): Suite no.4, op.55
» IV Naiades

Widor, Charles-Marie

Organ Symphony no.6 in G minor, op.42 no.2
» I Allegro

Artists

Gillian Weir (organ)
Felicity Palmer (soprano)
John Elwes (tenor)
Heinrich Schutz Choir and Chorale
Brighton Festival Chorus

Conductors

Roger Norrington
Laszlo Heltay

Works

Alain, Jehan

Danses (3)
Fantaisie no.1
Fantaisie no.2
Intermezzo

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Fantasia in G major, BWV572
Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV582
Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV564
Trio Sonata no.1 in E flat major, BWV525

Boellmann, Leon

Versets sur 'Adoro Te'

Bruhns, Nikolaus

Chorale Fantasia on 'Nun komm der Heiden Heiland'
Praeludium in E minor (the larger)
Praeludium in E minor (the smaller)
Praeludium in G major

Bull, John

Doctor Bull's My Selfe
Dr Bull's Juell

Buxtehude, Dieterich

Toccata in F major, BuxWV156

Camilleri, Charles

Missa Mundi

Charpentier, Jacques

L'Ange a la trompette

Clerambault, Louis-Nicolas

Suite du deuxieme ton
Suite du premier ton

Couperin, Francois

Messe pour les Couvents
Messe pour les Paroisses

Dandrieu, Jean-Francois

Premier Livre de Pieces d'Orgue (selection)

Daquin, Louis-Claude

Noel no.12 'Suisse Grand jeu, et Duo'

Demessieux, Jeanne

Chorale Preludes (2), op.8
Te Deum for solo organ, op.11

Dubois, Theodore

Toccata in G major

Dupre, Marcel

Suite bretonne, op.21
» II Fileuse
Symphonie-passion, op.23
» I Le Monde dans l'attente du Sauveur
Symphony no.2 in C sharp minor, op.26
Variations sur un vieux Noel, op.20

Durufle, Maurice

Prelude sur l'Introit de l'Epiphanie, op.13

Eben, Petr

Faust
» Walpurgisnacht

Franck, Cesar

Andantino in G minor, op.25
Choral no.1 in E major, M38
Choral no.2 in B minor, M39
Fantasy in C major, op.16
Final, op.21
Grande piece symphonique, op.17
Pastorale, op.19
Pieces (3) for organ
Prelude, Fugue and Variation, op.18
Priere, op.20

Frescobaldi, Girolamo

Aria detto Balletto

Grigny, Nicolas de

Premier livre d'orgue
» Recit de Tierce en Taille

Heiller, Anton

Suite: In festo Corporis Christi
Tanz-Toccata

Honegger, Arthur

Fugue

Kodaly, Zoltan

Laudes Organi
Psalm 114

Langlais, Jean

Incantation pour un jour saint
Suite breve
» IV Dialogue sur les mixtures

Marchand, Louis

Pieces d'Orgue, Livre 1 (excerpts)
Pieces d'Orgue, Livre 3 (excerpt)
Pieces d'Orgue, Livre 4
Pieces d'Orgue, Livre 5

Mathias, William

Variations on a Hymn Tune, op.20

Mendelssohn, Felix

Hear my prayer (Hor mein Bitten)
Motets (3), op.39
» no.1 Hear my prayer, O Lord (Veni, Domine)
Sacred pieces for soloists, choir and organ (3), op.23
» no.2 Ave Maria

Messiaen, Olivier

Apparition de l'eglise eternelle
Diptyque
L'Ascension (organ)
La Nativite du Seigneur
Le Banquet celeste
Les Corps glorieux
Livre d'orgue
Messe de la Pentecote
Verset pour la fete de la dedicace

Mulet, Henri

Esquisses byzantines (10)
» no.10 Tu es petra et portae inferi non praevalebunt

Roberday, Francois

Fugues et Caprices pour orgue

Rossi, Luigi

Toccata settima

Saint-Saens, Camille

Fantaisie no.1 in E flat major

Scheidt, Samuel

Passamezzo, SSWV107

Sweelinck, Jan Pieterszoon

Mein junges Leben hat ein End, SwWV324

Tomkins, Thomas

Worster brawls

Tournemire, Charles

Choral-Improvisation sur le 'Victimae paschali' (transcr. Durufle)

Valente, Antonio

Lo Ballo dell'Intoricia

Vierne, Louis

Pieces de fantaisie (3)
Pieces de fantaisie (24): Suite no.1, op.51
» no.4 Intermezzo
Pieces de fantaisie (24): Suite no.4, op.55
» IV Naiades

Widor, Charles-Marie

Organ Symphony no.6 in G minor, op.42 no.2
» I Allegro

Artists

Gillian Weir (organ)
Felicity Palmer (soprano)
John Elwes (tenor)
Heinrich Schutz Choir and Chorale
Brighton Festival Chorus

Conductors

Roger Norrington
Laszlo Heltay

About

‘Weir is to the organ what Heifetz was to the violin, and Casals to the cello – a phenomenon,’ pronounced the celebrated broadcaster John Amis. Fittingly, this is a 22-CD celebration of the doyenne of organists – Dame Gillian Weir – on her 80th birthday (17 January 2021) spanning her illustrious career of nearly five decades.

It presents Gillian Weir’s complete Argo recordings, selected recordings on other labels that have reverted to her, and most enticingly, no fewer than ten discs of previously unpublished BBC radio broadcasts – selected by Dame Gillian. The first twelve CDs in the set are made up of studio recordings and the remaining ten CDs comprise previously unpublished recordings of BBC broadcasts.

The set features sixteen organs from six countries and includes a 13,000-word booklet including informative introductions to the recordings, with Gillian Weir’s reminiscences and amusing anecdotes from the recording sessions and from her encounters with composers such as Olivier Messiaen and William Mathias.

Highlights of this compendium include:

A showpiece recital of dazzling Toccatas and Fantasias from the French organ tradition opening and closing with spectacular pieces by Marcel Dupré, the epitome of the French organist-composer tradition.

A recording of Charles Camilleri’s breathtaking Missa Mundi, one of many pieces written for and premiered by Gillian Weir.

A stunning disc of pieces by Messiaen recorded at the Royal Festival Hall, London in 1966, shortly after she won First Prize at the St Albans International Organ Competition.

A recital on the beautiful organ of Hexham Abbey, built by Dame Gillian’s late husband, Lawrence Phelps.

No fewer than ten discs of previously unpublished BBC radio broadcasts – selected by Gillian Weir, including:

- The complete organ works of César Franck, recorded on the magnificent Cavaillé-Coll organ of Saint-Sernin, Toulouse.

- A thrilling “Proms” recital from the Royal Albert Hall, London, of music inspired by dance.

- The then-complete works of Messiaen recorded in 1979 at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC, on the organ chosen by Messiaen himself for the première of one of his monumental works.

- Dame Gillian’s recital from St Albans Abbey recorded the day after winning the St. Albans Competition, and marking the beginning of her recording career.

- A recital of French music drawn from three individual programmes.

In 1964, a young organist still in her second year at the Royal College of Music was taking part in the prestigious St Albans International Organ Festival. As her final piece she played a major work by Olivier Messiaen. At that time this seminal composer’s music was little known outside France, and the drama of the music and the emotion of the performance stunned the audience and the jury of international experts. The prize was hers, and Gillian Weir went on to become one of the world’s best known performers, a concert organist acclaimed by critics and public alike for her musicality, virtuosity and intelligence. Her stature as an international performer is recognised by her numerous awards and honours, which include more than a dozen Honorary degrees, a CBE in 1989 and, in the 1996 New Year’s Honours List, a DBE for her distinguished services to music.

Gillian Weir’s career has been highly unusual in its scope, tracing a trajectory unique for an organist, right from her spectacular double debut shortly after that competition success: first as concerto soloist on the First Night of the Proms, and then with a solo recital at the Royal Festival Hall. Her impact as a new kind of organist, combining youthful glamour with virtuosity and erudition, was immediate, and she was launched on a career which saw her respected worldwide as an extraordinary musician and, in particular, as an ambassador for the organ, on the stages of the world’s concert halls from London to New York, Paris to Tokyo, Berlin to Hong Kong. Her appeal has been to both audiences and critics as well as to fellow musicians: a birthday concert sold-out the Royal Festival Hall in two days, critical plaudits such as ‘Weir’s performance was a marvel’ (Telegraph) are typical, and she was recently made an Hon. Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, joining such luminaries as Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Britten. She has been the subject of Melvyn Bragg’s South Bank Show (the only organist to be accorded that accolade), and was included in both the Sunday Times’s and Classic CD’s millennium surveys as one of the 100 greatest players of the century.

Gillian Weir has brought new audiences to an appreciation of organ music through her TV appearances and documentaries. Her six-part BBC series The King of Instruments, in which she was both presenter and player, drew a weekly audience of two million, exceptional for an arts programme, and was repeated in several other countries.

Dame Gillian is acclaimed as a pre-eminent exponent of Messiaen’s music, and is widely sought-after as lecturer and writer (including for Faber’s Messiaen Companion). Yvonne Loriod Messiaen’s ‘C’est magnifique!’ sums up the reaction to her famous Messiaen recordings. But her repertoire is exceptional in its breadth and variety, stretching from the Renaissance to contemporary works, as showcased in her legendary series for Argo, and she has performed the complete works of Bach as well as Franck and others. She is a sought-after pedagogue and coach for young players, and she has forged new paths for women, both as a player and in such roles as President of the venerable Royal College of Organists as well as of the Incorporated Society of Musicians.

In 2012 Gillian Weir brought her 48-year-long performing career to a close, after some 2000 appearances and a host of acclaimed recordings. After her standing-room-only farewell recital, John Allison wrote in the Telegraph, ‘The organ world will never be quite the same again’. Happily Dame Gillian continues to give master-classes, act as competition jurist, and indefatigably to champion the cause of music.

Error on this page? Let us know here

Need more information on this product? Click here