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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67577
Recording details: January 2006
Eugene McDermott Concert Hall, Morton H Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, USA
Produced by Paul Spicer
Engineered by Andrés Villalta
Release date: August 2006
Total duration: 5 minutes 9 seconds

'As we have come to expect from Christopher Herrick and Hyperion everything is done to the highest standard. The varied and exciting programme is convincingly played, making full use of the extensive tonal spread of the organ, whilst the accompanying programme notes are both comprehensive and interesting … another fine organ firework display, which I'm certain readers will enjoy' (Cathedral Music)

'Christopher Herrick is his usual inimitable self, combing a sense of fun with a spontaneous grandeur which is at times, totally arresting. The listener is also regaled with the impressive sound of the Lay Family Organ in Dallas, Texas, a 4535-pipe monster. Volume XII please?' (Classical.net)

'Some wonderful pieces to hear … the rich sounding recording makes the most of the fireworks' (Essex Chronicle)

Grand chœur dialogué
composer

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Eugène Gigout (1844–1925) succeeded Guilmant as professor of organ at the Paris Conservatoire. His Grand chœur dialogué, which is among his best-known works, exploits the exciting contrasts available between the various departments of a large organ. This is music of a bold and strongly rhythmical character. A central section for the manuals only provides respite from the grandeur of the opening and prepares for its re-introduction at the work’s thrilling conclusion.

from notes by Relf Clark © 2006

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