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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67356
Recording details: April 2002
Tewkesbury Abbey, Worcestershire, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: March 2003
Total duration: 11 minutes 42 seconds

'a worthy celebration of the British organ tradition … rich, clear recordings' (Gramophone)

Variations on the Psalm Tune 'Windsor'

The prolific composer and Scotsman, George Alexander Macfarren (1813-1887), composed eight symphonies as well as overtures, oratorios and operas, including Robin Hood. A pupil of Cipriani Potter he founded the Society of British Musicians (1834) and the Handel Society (1844). In 1845 he became conductor at Covent Garden, and from 1875 he was principal of the Royal Academy of Music and professor of music at Cambridge, both in succession to Sterndale Bennett. His overture Chevy Chase was conducted by Mendelssohn and Wagner. His ambition to be a successful opera composer was not fulfilled, though he showed genuine promise in dramatic writing. Most of his small corpus of organ works appeared in the Organist’s Quarterly Journal, the best of these being his Variations on the Psalm Tune ‘Windsor’.

from notes by Graham Barber 2003

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