William Saunders surveys several 20th-century works perfectly matched to this organ in style and contemporary with the organ itself.
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Dignity and Impudence
William Saunders at the organ of Saint Mary Redcliffe Bristol
The organ in St. Mary Redcliffe was completed in 1911 by Arthur Harrison, who considered it his most perfect work. Essentially unchanged since it was built, the organ is housed in a parish church completed in 1380 and also nearly unchanged. William Saunders begins with Lynnwood Farnam’s only published piece and surveys several 20th-century works perfectly matched to the St Mary Redcliffe instrument in style and date.
This recording presents a winning combination of instrument, music, and performer.
– The American Organist March 2013
This is a superlative CD that should be on every organ music lover’s shelf. William’s playing is quite astounding: musicality, flawless technique and mind-boggling organ management come together in a diverse programme that shows both the dignity and impudence of the composer, performer and the Redcliffe organ.
– Organists’ Review Editors Choice May 2008
Here is an absolutely delightful recital of genuine rarities…The very wide dynamic range is expertly captured by the always-reliable Gary Cole with never a trace of distortion.
– Association of Anglican Musicians, Feb 08
It is great to hear the organ in St Mary’s Redcliffe. A complete history of the instrument and its specification are given in the CD booklet. William Saunders playing complements this fine instrument and the impressive ecclesiastical setting.This is a great CD that explores some little known repertoire.
– MusicWeb March 08
1. Toccata On ‘O Filii Et Filiae’, Lynnwood Farnam
2. Six Pieces, Op. 33, Christopher Steel
3. Maytime Gavotte, Alfred Hollins
4. Intermezzo in D Flat, Alfred Hollins
5. Four Transcriptions for Organ, Percy Whitlock arr. Malcolm Riley
6. Sonata No. 1 in C Sharp Minor, Op. 5, Basil Harwood