2000 Nails: Contemporary Organ Works

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Michael Bonaventure, virtuosic exponent of new music for the organ, has commissioned more than fifty works in his 25-year career to date. Here are eight of them – a luminous recital of premiere recordings, and a rare invitation into the phantasmagorical sound-world of the secular organ repertory. Recorded on the momentous Hope-Jones instrument in the McEwan Hall, University of Edinburgh, this uncompromising disc features the music of seven of today’s foremost British composers: Judith Weir, Avril Anderson, Lyell Cresswell, Eddie McGuire, Ian McQueen, Peter Nelson and Bonaventure himself.

"Bonaventure commissioned all of these works and he is a thoroughly convincing advocate. His registrations combine colour with clarity, captured in atmospheric sound, from the joyful splashing of Judith Weir's Ettrick Banks to the intense low throbbing cluster that dominates the end of his own Animus VI."

"Bonaventure finds some extraordinary sounds and the result is undeniably effective. Congratulations to Delphian on an innovative, daring and challenging release."

Producer: Paul Baxter
Venue: McEwan Hall, Edinburgh
Recording dates: 9-10 September 2004
Release date: 11 July 2005
Catalogue No: DCD34013
Total playing time: 1:19:02

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