Many of Whitlock’s organ pieces are still regularly to be found in recital programmes today – principally because the music is tuneful and well crafted, exploring the resources of the organ of the inter-war years to full effect. The tendency to conservatism in his harmonic idiom has been frowned upon, but in an era when various strands in contemporary composition have welcomed a ‘revisionist romanticism’ his music seems more congruous with the musical world than it did in the years immediately after his death.
from notes by William McVicker © 2005
|Whitlock: Organ Sonata|
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|Organ Fireworks, Vol. 1|
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|The English Anthem, Vol. 8|
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