Messiaen: Organ Works Vol I

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Timothy Byram-Wigfield presents Messiaen’s ground-breaking Les Corps glorieux on the organ of St George’s Chapel, with its protean personality.

Byram-Wigfield is an ideal exponent of this work and its extremities: from his sensitive approach to its spiritual narrative, to his thrilling handling of its gargantuan climaxes, the listener cannot fail to be drawn into Messiaen’s world of colour. Images of the chapel and console adorn the booklet, complemented by an essay from acclaimed Messiaen biographer Nigel Simeone.

"One…welcomes the chance to hear an organist from the younger generation, playing an English instrument (Harrison and Harrison) and giving full weight to the music’s uncompromising intensity. It’s clear from the outset that this will be a strongly delineated reading, with well managed contrasts of registration given added clarity by the superb quality of the recording…This is a highly successful disc"

"The organ of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle has a suitably broad palette of colours and packs a punch."

Producer: Paul Baxter
Venue: St George's Chapel, Windsor
Recording Dates: 20-22 September 2004
Release Date: 13 February 2006
Physical format: Jewel case
Number of discs: 1
Number of tracks: 9
Catalogue No: DCD34024
Total playing time: 1:04:58

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