Guest Roffensis Posted December 15, 2005 Share Posted December 15, 2005 I think it's a pity that Allan Wicks, surely one of our very greatest and most accomplished cathedral organists, has been so neglected in the world of reissues of old recordings. He did a stunning recording of Williamson's Symphony for organ at Coventry Cathedral, and a equally stunning Messiaen "Nativite" at St Pauls, neither of which has seen the light of day since the LP era. In addition, he recorded three excellent records at Canterbury Cathedral on the "old" organ, one on Decca, stunningly played, another on Polydor, and also of course the HMV GCOS record, some of which (Ridout) has been reissued on Amphion, but not the Williamson Epitaphs, or indeed the very unique Bach 565, which he gave a most unusual performance of, with a very slow fugue and a fascinating pointing of the score. The organ in all cases sounded absolutely magnificent. Allan Wicks went on to record two further records on the rebuilt organ at Canterbury, and also a EP. He also made a CD with Guild, and here also his devotion to modern music was evident, with some excellent Ridout. Allan Wicks commisioned a lot of modern music, and championed some which many considered unplayable. He is now of course retired, and stands next to Simon Preston and Francis Jackson for giving us so much that simply that would never has existed. To see him neglected is nothing short of a travesty, and someone should really think of doing a box set of his work. I heard him many times at Canterbury Cathedral, and he was nothing short of a musical genius, so come on!, who is going to recognise this brilliant virtuoso and as he getting on in his years, remind the younger generation what they have missed. Richard Astridge Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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