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Track(s) taken from CDA67470

Five Short Pieces

composer

John Scott (organ)
Recording details: January 2004
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: October 2004
Total duration: 14 minutes 6 seconds
 
1
Allegretto  [3'07]
2
Folk Tune  [3'50]
3
4
Scherzo  [1'45]
5
Paean  [2'46]

Reviews

'Julian Millard has caught the St Paul's organ to perfection, setting it at the heart of the cathedral's sumptuous acoustic while offering a dazzlingly clear view both of the instrument's myriad tone colours and Scott's superb virtuosity' (Gramophone)

'In a word, then, these performances are exemplary. The technical quality of the recording is equally high … This is a wonderful disc' (International Record Review)

'John Scott's performance on the organ of St Paul's Cathedral are wholly sympathetic and convincing. The recording captures a good deal of the venue's ambience' (Fanfare, USA)

'You have to have this—for so many reasons' (Organists' Review)
The Five Short Pieces were written in 1929 while Whitlock was still in Rochester; they were published the following year just after his move to Bournemouth, and they brought him his first major success as a composer: ‘among the most encouraging of recent organ publications’, said the Musical Times, ‘… the music has tune and freshness’. The engaging stylistic diversity of these unpretentious works was prophetic of Whitlock’s future career: two light concert pieces (Nos 1 and 4), together with two sweetly melodic slow movements (Nos 2 and 3) and a rousing finale, these three equally suited to either church or concert hall.

from notes by David Gammie 2004

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