The Kelvingrove Organ: Overture Transcriptions

Timothy Byram-Wigfield, then Master of Music at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, plays a variety of Edwardian transcriptions on one of the world’s finest concert organs, the Lewis organ in Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Gallery.

"Full and imaginative use is made of the Kelvingrove organ’s colourful registers, and the opulent magnificence of this instrument is well captured by Delphian’s recording"

"Exhilarating … Never daunted by the fearsome difficulties of many of Lemare’s and Best’s arrangements, nor fazed by the limited 1901 controls of the chunky console, Byram-Wigfield delights in finding just the right sounds, textures and tempi to make these works sound like real organ music. There is delicacy, humour, drive, vigour, lightness of touch and heroic utterance here, to which these fine compositions respond by revealing their all. I love it!"


"Timothy Byram-Wigfield’s playing is magisterial with colourful performances that are alive with fluency and abound with expression. There is never any hint of ill-mannered showmanship just a strong sense of concentration of giving full justice to the score and the technical demands of the instrument. The excellent sonics give an impression of being surrounded by the music."

"St George’s, Windsor, Master of Music Byram-Wigfield gives a thoroughly entertaining and sprightly glimpse at the world of 19th-century organ transcriptions by Best, Lemare, Peace, Evans and Dupré. Thoughtfully registered on the now Glasgow-owned 1901 Kelvingrove organ, this is also a fascinating and useful insight into one of this country’s finest romantic symphonic organs."

Release date: April 2003
Catalogue No: DCD34004
Total playing time: 1:15:36

Recorded on 8-11 November 2001 at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow
Producer & Engineer: Paul Baxter
24-bit digital editing: Paul Baxter
24-bit digital mastering: Paul Baxter

Design: Margareta Jönsson
Booklet editor: Kevin Findlan
Cover photograph: Raymond Parks
Session photography: Paul Baxter

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