Francis Pott’s Toccata was written shortly after the completion of his giant Passion Symphony for organ, Christus, with which it shares certain features. As in many sections of the (much) longer work, Pott’s characteristic use of additive rhythms and primary-colour harmony is very much in evidence. The Toccata begins after a brief introduction in which the lyrical second theme is first heard. Later, after an initially hesitant recapitulation of the main figure, the lyrical theme is transferred, fortissimo, to the pedals as the piece reaches its climax. The opening flourish returns and settles, after a triumphant fanfare, onto a blazing chord of F sharp major.
from notes by James O'Donnell © 2008