The Organ of Rochdale Town Hall (Overture Transcriptions Vol II)

At its high point, the British town hall organ tradition represented something entirely new and extraordinary, in social, mechanical, aesthetic and commercial terms; and the transcriptions made for these colossal instruments demonstrate remarkable syntheses of ingenuity, skill and ambition on the part of both organ-builders and musical arrangers. Rochdale’s extravagantly Gothic town hall is one of the most impressive examples of Victorian and Edwardian civic pride, and Timothy Byram-Wigfield has chosen its fine J.J. Binns organ as the vehicle for his second disc of orchestral overture transcriptions, following his celebrated 2004 volume recorded on the organ of the Kelvingrove Gallery in Glasgow.