Martin Cooke Posted January 27, 2013 Share Posted January 27, 2013 My copy of this arrived yesterday, hot off the press and I think it is excellent. Mind, it has quite a number of pieces that many will already have in their repertoire, or, at least, have copies of, but there are some new gems that will prove to be very worthwhile and enjoyable, I believe. Four have caught my eye straightaway - (1) a really interesting and extended toccata on Aberystwyth by David Bednall. This is fresh and has something new to say and it is not as difficult as might be thought. I don't feel qualified to comment in depth, but I shall certainly be getting my hands round it. I will be a lone voice, I know, but I have never really appreciated Francis Jackson's organ music but I very much like (2) his Meditation: Love Unknown. My third favourite is a stunningly beautiful little prelude on Hereford by Malcolm Riley - again, fresh but a real gem and, again, not difficult at all. Finally, (4) the piece that I had been waiting for - Fanfare: Shine Jesus Shine by a good friend and wonderful composer, Christopher Tambling. I can't imagine what pcnd will think of this (!) but it's fun and will be a popular new piece for your congregations (if you have them) to enjoy. For my money, the album is worth purchasing just for these items alone - experienced and long-standing members will want to check out a lost of contents perhaps prior to making a purchase, but even if you have Parry's Martyrdom and an arrangement of 'I know that my redeemer liveth' in other publications, at least they will be in one album now - AND you will have the four pieces and others, which I am sure are equally praiseworthy. Two other new acquisitions - Martin How's second volume of Gospel Colours - worth a look definitely - (RSCM) and something very different from Roderick Elms - Two Carillons, published by Spartan Press. These need a bit of work (well, they do for me,) but they say something new - the second is based on Happy Birthday - and I really recommend them. I hope we will see a more scholarly review of all these new items in the usual journals very soon - actually the OUP album was reviewed in Organists' Review last time, I think. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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