The United Kingdom is famous for its love for tradition. Indeed the country cherishes its past and tries to preserve the best of its rich history. But tradition does not mean blind imitation, otherwise we would not have so many film adaptations of the world-famous Sherlock Holmes stories. A brilliant British organist Simon Williams has prepared an unusual program. On the one hand, it contains important works by British composers of various periods, from baroque to romanticism. The recital starts with Handel’s Water music that produced a deep impression on George I, this time it is arranged for organ. John Stanley, William Boyce, Samuel Wesley, Charles Stanford, Edward Elgar are great composers well known not only to the British Isles, but to the whole world. Their organ pieces go together perfectly with the compositions by the continental composer Johann Sebastian Bach, interpreted by the English organist. The music of contemporary composers occupies a special place in the recital. These are classical pieces: a sonatina, a chorale prelude. By the way, some of them were dedicated to Simon Williams who is a Fellow of the body of the Royal College of Organists – FRCO.
G.F. Handel Hornpipe from the Water Music (arranged for organ by O.H. Peasgood) J. Stanley Voluntary in A major op.7 no.1 Adagio; Allegro W. Boyce Voluntary in C major Rather slow than fast; Brisk J. Keeble Voluntary I in G Andante; Largo; Adagio ad Libitum; [Allegro maestoso all capella] S.S. Wesley Larghetto in F sharp minor F. Jackson Praeludium, op. 84, no. 5 Ch.V. Stanford Postlude in D minor, op. 105/2 no. 6 B. Kelly Sonatina Agitato; Aria; Allegro Orgelbüchlein Project sequence J.S. Bach Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 599 Z. Szathmáry Mag ich Unglück nicht widerstan J.S. Bach Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 625 B. Kelly Gott sei gelobet und gebenedeiet J.S. Bach Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein, BWV 641 C. Franck Prélude, fugue et variation E. Elgar Pomp and Circumstance March no 4 in G major
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