Stephen Cleobury releases a new recording of organ music
The Director of Music Stephen Cleobury has just released a new recording of organ music. This collection of virtuosic works is the first organ release on the College’s own label. The album brings together the first ever surround sound recordings of the great Harrison & Harrison organ in the Chapel of King’s College.
The recording begins with Liszt’s dark-hued Fantasie und Fuge über den choral “Ad nos, ad salutarem undam”, which is based on a theme from Act 1 of Meyerbeer’s grand opera Le Prophète. The piece lasts almost 30 minutes and is in three sections: the Fantasy, Adagio and Fugue.
Julius Reubke’s magnificently Organ Sonata on the 94th Psalm explores the theme of judgement. Considered one of the pinnacles of Romantic repertoire, and thought to have been inspired by Liszt’s Fantasie und Fuge über den choral, this piece is a test of both the organ’s versatility and the player’s pedal technique.
The album concludes with Mendelssohn’s Organ Sonata No. 6 in D minor. Based on Bach’s chorale Vater unser im Himmelreich, this piece demonstrates Mendelssohn’s consummate mastery of organ textures.
Note: this album is a Hybrid-SACD surround sound recording.