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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: 7 minutes 16 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)

Variations on Old Folks at Home
composer
1888

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Dudley Buck (1839–1909) was born at Hartford, Connecticut and studied both at the Leipzig Conservatoire and in Paris. On returning to America he held a number of posts as organist and composed in a variety of genres. His Variations on ‘Old Folks at Home’ begins with a brief introduction and then a statement of the theme marked Andante patetico. The animated first variation runs straight into the second, a very quiet Poco adagio. The third begins as a majestic pedal solo calling for a pedal technique sufficient to play two-part harmony. In the final variation, the theme is heard in the tenor register below a lively descant, but the quiet coda dismisses these remembrances of youth, its chromaticism recalling the resigned mood of the theme’s initial statement.

from notes by Relf Clark © 2010

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