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Track(s) taken from CDA67734

Dedication March

composer
1953

Christopher Herrick (organ)
Recording details: June 2008
Västerås Cathedral, Sweden
Produced by Paul Spicer
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: May 2009
Total duration: 5 minutes 51 seconds

Cover artwork: Fireworks over Stockholm.
© Mikael Damkier, www.dreamstime.com
 

Reviews

'Herrick's playing and imaginative use of the organ's resources are first rate, and he's backed up by a superb recording from Hyperion' (Gramophone)

'This instrument makes a pretty spectacular noise … with plenty of incendiary reeds and pyrotechnic instruments, it provides yet another ideal organ on which Christopher Herrick can light his blue touch paper and not retire but leap onto the pyre and set off as many fireworks as he can in the space of 78 minutes … he is a fluent and fiery champion of the repertoire … Herrick manages to persuade us that it is all worth hearing. He delivers it with enthusiasm and the communicative zeal which is the hallmark of just about everything this outstanding organist ever seems to put his hands and feet to … for lovers of fine organ sound and often spine-tingly virtuoso playing … this disc most certainly is not thirteenth time unlucky' (International Record Review)
William Lloyd Webber (1914–1982) seems destined to be remembered more for the achievements of his sons—Julian, the cellist, and Andrew, the composer—than for his own, but he played a prominent role in the musical establishment of his day—as administrator, composer, organist and teacher. Although it is not easy to assess his stature as a composer, his Dedication March more than suggests a skilled, experienced hand. Dating from 1953, and possibly therefore connected in some way with the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, it begins with cheerful, rhythmical music that puts one somewhat in mind of Eric Coates; but the winding, glowing lines of the melodious middle section suggest the influence of Elgar. The return of the opening material leads to a grand re-statement of the middle-section tune and then a coda in which the Tuba crowns the proceedings.

from notes by Relf Clark © 2009

William Lloyd Webber (1914–1982) semble voué à rester célèbre plus pour les accomplissements de ses fils—Julian, le violoncelliste, et Andrew, le compositeur—que pour les siens, même s’il joua un rôle important dans l’establishment musical de son époque (comme administrateur, compositeur, organiste et professeur). Son envergure est difficile à cerner, mais sa Dedication March fait plus que suggérer une main habile, expérimentée. Datant de 1953, et pouvant donc avoir quelque lien avec le couronnement de la reine Elizabeth II, cette œuvre s’ouvre sur une musique enjouée, rythmée, qui nous rappelle un peu Eric Coates, cependant que les flexueuses lignes de sa mélodieuse section centrale suggèrent l’influence d’Elgar. Le retour du matériel initial conduit à une grandiose ré-énonciation de l’air de la section centrale puis à une coda couronnée par le jeu de tuba.

extrait des notes rédigées par Relf Clark © 2009
Français: Hypérion

William Lloyd Webber (1914–1982) scheint das Schicksal beschieden zu sein, dass er besser für die Leistungen seiner Söhne—Cellist Julian und Komponist Andrew—bekannt ist als seine eigenen, obwohl er als Administrator, Komponist, Organist und Lehrer eine prominente Rolle im musikalischen Etablissement seiner Zeit spielte. Es ist zwar nicht leicht, seinen Status als Komponist einzuschätzen, doch weist sein Dedication March („Widmungsmarsch“) seine gewandte, erfahrene Hand auf. Er datiert von 1953 und ist daher wahrscheinlich mit der Krönung von Elizabeth II. verbunden; er beginnt mit fröhlicher, rhythmischer Musik, die etwas an Eric Coates erinnert, aber die gewundenen, leuchtenden Linien des melodiösen Mittelteils deuten auf den Einfluss von Elgar hin. Die Wiederkehr des Anfangsmaterials führt zu einer grandiosen erneuten Wiedergabe der Melodie des Mittelteils und schließlich einer Coda, in der die Tuba die Geschehnisse krönt.

aus dem Begleittext von Relf Clark © 2009
Deutsch: Renate Wendel

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