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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA66121
Recording details: January 1984
Westminster Abbey, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: April 1986
Total duration: 6 minutes 49 seconds

'If you want only one CD of a grand organ this has to be it' (Gramophone)

'A tour de force' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'Technically sizzling' (Hi-Fi News)

Marche sur un thème de Hændel, Op 15 No 2

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The March on a theme of Handel, Op 15 No 2, dates from 1861 and appeared in the collection Pièces dans différents styles, published between 1860 and 1907. It is one of his most popular works and Guilmant played it during his solo recital at the celebrations for the opening of the organ at St-Sulpice in April 1862. A slow march-like section, based on the opening bar of the chorus ‘Lift up your heads’ from Handel’s Messiah is followed by a lively fugue in Bachian manner, reminiscent of the fugal sections of the Prelude in E flat major, which was reputedly one of Guilmant’s favourite Bach works and the one which opened his mammoth series of forty recitals at the St Louis World Fair in 1904. After a climax the opening theme is combined with the fugue subject, before a grandiose restatement of the opening march played on full organ.

from notes by Stephen Westrop © 2004

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