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.
These are not performances for those who like their Britten to sound like the Choir of King's College Cambridge in the days of David Willcocks. All preciosity has gone; the vowels are open and streetwise; high solos are taken by sopranos, not trebles.
Recording venue(s): McEwan Hall, University of Edinburgh
Recording dates: 9-10 September 2004
Physical format: Jewel case
Number of discs: 1
Number of tracks: 8
Total playing time: 1:19:02
First UK release date: November 5, 2007
Album ID: DCD34013