Guest Barry Oakley Posted March 7, 2007 Share Posted March 7, 2007 Some of you will know that I have long had an interest in Holy Trinity, Hull, having been a chorister there in the glory days. I have been privileged to receive a pre-release copy of Paul Derrett’s latest and aptly named Benchmark recording, “The Sleeping Giant.” It’s a wonderful recording of Holy Trinity's stunning 4-manual Compton. It’s also a recording that has created history in the sense that the near 70-year-old, untouched organ has never before been recorded by a commercial label. Boy, have the likes of Priory and Hyperion surely missed something! The 75-minute CD features works by a number of composers, three of whom I confess I had not heard of previously – Galuppi, d’Evry and Ljapunow. But this is something you can always expect from Paul Derrett as he delights in bringing the music of little-known composers to the ears of the organ-loving public. Of the more well-known composers there are works by Dubois, Delius, Karg-Elert and the monumental “Pictures at an Exhibition” by Mussorgsky. Every piece serves to capture the exquisite colours of this 104-stop Compton masterpiece, but you have to forgive, particularly in the quieter passages, the presence of wind leaks. Even so, the beautiful shimmering delicacy of the Swell strings is not lost. Full organ does nothing less than stir the soul. But this is surely something to expect from an organ voiced by the legendary W C “Billy” Jones, voicer to most of Britain’s major organ builders at the time. And what of Paul Derrett’s playing? I found his clarity, expressive technique and registration a sheer joy to hear. If anyone would like to track down this recording, try logging on to: www.paulderrett.piczo.com And no, I’m not his PR man. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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