William Russell (1777–1813): Complete Organ Voluntaries

Published in 1804 and 1812 respectively, William Russell’s two books of organ voluntaries date from a fascinating and neglected period in English music. For this premiere recording John Kitchen has carefully selected a restored 1829 instrument whose period qualities equip it perfectly to bring Russell’s music alive once more. The lavish booklet contains detailed information regarding Russell’s original performance instructions and the registrations adopted by Kitchen.

"The always supremely musical John Kitchen revels in the organ's endless tonal palette."

"Kitchen's playing is idiomatic, insightful and fluent."


"The 1829 Bishop organ of St James’s, Bermondsey, sounds an ideal instrument for the enterprising John Kitchen to introduce us to Russell. My guess is that organists will be queuing up to follow in his footsteps."

Release date: 2 February 2009
Catalogue No: DCD34062
Total playing time: 3:06:42
Recorded on 22-25 July 2008 in St James's Church, Bermondsey
Producer & Engineer: Adam Binks
24-bit digital editing: Adam Binks
24-bit digital mastering: Paul Baxter
Design: John Christ
Booklet editor: John Fallas
Photography: Paul Baxter & Raymond Parks

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