The Usher Hall Organ

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The first ever recording of the newly refurbished Norman & Beard concert organ in Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, from internationally acclaimed organist John Kitchen. In an eclectic selection of repertoire demonstrating the instrument’s sonic versatility and brilliance of tone, Kitchen ranges from transcriptions of popular orchestral works to the tortured ‘Weinen, Klagen’ of Franz Liszt.

"Kitchen leaves no stone unturned in his search for colour, and reveals how close this type of instrument is to its cousin, the theatre organ. The Walton Popular Song and Hollins Triumphal March see the organ in its natural habitat and Kitchen's playing is instinctive and full of pizzazz."


"Alfred Hollins’s Triumphal March. Elgar’s Nimrod and marches by Handel are atmospherically rendered, and real expressive depth achieved in Bach’s monumental St Anne Fugue and Liszt’s Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen. Arrangements of Walton’s Popular Song (from Façade) and Orb and Sceptre march are delightfully contrasted."


"Built in 1914, the monumental organ in the Usher Hall, Edinburgh has been restored to its former Edwardian glory. City Organist John Kitchen celebrates the aesthetic of that period. Three Handel marches are delivered in grand style, with irrepressible brio. Kitchen brings rhythmic swagger and élan to Hollins’ Triumphal March (complete with carillon), Walton’s Orb and Sceptre and Bach’s “St Anne” Prelude and Fugue."

Producer: Paul Baxter

Venue: Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Recording Date: 21 January 2004

Release Date: 27 Apr 2009

Catalogue No: DCD34022

Total playing time: 1:18:08

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