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Fireworks at Cremorne Gardens, Chelsea by Walter Greaves (1846-1930)
Private Collection / Photo © Bonhams, London / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67758
Recording details: July 2009
Melbourne Town Hall, Australia
Produced by Mark Edwards & Paul Spicer
Engineered by Mark Edwards & Bradley Reader
Release date: October 2010
Total duration: 5 minutes 25 seconds

'A source of perpetual admiration in this endlessly rewarding series is the sheer amount of repertoire Christopher Herrick gets through … some wonderfully entertaining highlights, some memorably revisited classics … superb playing of a truly enticing programme, a richly magnificent instrument and a top-notch recording; what more could you want?' (Gramophone)

Toccata in D major
1927; dedicated to Albert Dupré (father of Marcel)

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Marcel Lanquetuit (1894–1985) was born in Rouen, and after studying there with Albert Dupré, and later with Dupré’s son Marcel, he entered the Paris Conservatoire and worked with Gigout. He eventually returned to Rouen and became organist of the cathedral, a post he held until his death. His Toccata in D major, which dates from 1927, is dedicated to the elder Dupré, but its staccato repeated chords seem like a nod in the direction of the final pages of the younger Dupré’s Variations sur un Noël, which appeared some four years earlier. This is not a derivative work, though, and the incessant chords—and the memorable sustained melody which emerges from them—create an exhilarating toccata quite unlike any other.

from notes by Relf Clark © 2010

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