MAY/JUNE 2019 VOLUME 27 NUMBER 3 CONTENTS
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18 OBITUARY NOEL RAWSTHORNE
Celebrating the multi-faceted legacy of Liverpool Cathedral’s former organist.
19 OBITUARY JEAN GUILLOU
The French organist’s unique forms of artistic expression ‘broke many moulds’.
20 BBC SYMPHONY CHORUS
Not just for the Proms: the choir tackles repertoire from Bach to Weir all year round.
CECILIA MCDOWALL The British composer’s new Requiem draws on the writings of Leonardo da Vinci
May/June 2019 www.choirandorgan.com see page 32
INSPIRED BY ITALY A new C.B. Fisk organ for Cincinnati is influenced by historic instruments
CHOIR & ORGAN OFFERS Mårten Jansson choral scores see page 37
FREE MUSIC DOWNLOAD in our New Music section see page 43
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SMALL TALK Chamber organs in Australia
BEYOND ‘JERUSALEM’ The BBC Symphony Chorus at 90
TAKING UP THE BATON Find a course in choral conducting
C.B. FISK In their new organ for Cincinnati, the US builders drew inspiration from the sound of Italian organs – and a 1653 Amati violin.
COVER PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY C.B. FISK.
32 DA VINCI REQUIEM
Cecilia McDowall’s new magnum opus melds the liturgical text with extracts of Leonardo’s philosophical writings.
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38 NORTH AMERICAN
ORGAN BUILDING: 1 Jonathan Ambrosino launches his series on trends in building with those who look to historic instruments.
ON COURSE: 1 If you’re interested in developing your choral conducting or church music skills, there’s plenty here to choose from.
61 CHAMBER ORGANS
IN AUSTRALIA: 1 John Maidment turns the clock back to trace the origins of importing small British instruments in the state of Victoria.
66 MÅRTEN JANSSON
‘My music is my own and I have never tried to be original’ – exploring the Swedish composer’s choral canon.
71 MAINTAINING ORGANS
With some congregations abandoning organs altogether, how is the church’s musical heritage being safeguarded?
‘Leonardo’s reflections extend thoughts on the nature of mortality’ 32
REGULARS 6 News | 35 Graeme Kay goes Freestyle | 37 Readers’ offers | 75 Recital round-up 43 NEW MUSIC FREE MUSIC
Emma Wilde’s work for SATB is a reflection on the nature of light. 78 ON RELEASE
CDs coming out include a Mass by Mozart’s father, and a volume of Cabanilles keyboard music recorded on a 1724 Valencian organ. 81 REVIEWS
Winchester’s ‘very special’ CD of Sir John Tavener; the talented Bestion de Camboulas; Widor organ symphonies from St Ouen; a box set of organ works by the Bach family; Gaetano Valeri’s intégrale; a Bach CD from Amici Voices is ‘a triumph’; five stars for Elgar’s Caractacus, Britten, Buxtehude and complete Duruflé; coronations of 20th-century monarchs from the Gabrielis, and of George II on DVD; Westminster Abbey’s Grand Organ; organ works by Cabanilles, Leguay and Owain Park; choral music by Łukaszewski, Toby Young, and works for emerging voices. 98 ENCOUNTERS
‘I was a “late bloomer”’: meet Royal Festival Hall organ scholar Mie Berg.
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