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Fantasia on St Ann's Hymn, Op 93

composer

 
After study in Frankfurt and Paris, the Amsterdam-born musician Edward Silas (1827-1909) came to England, making his home and career in London from 1852 until his death. He composed many piano, stage and orchestral works, but his most enduring contribution was his œuvre for organ which ran to some thirty-eight works, published between 1868 and 1905. Of all the Victorian organist-composers his style is the most cosmopolitan, encompassing German fantasy, English religiosity, Italian melody and French sensibility in about equal measure. He has the ability to spin a wonderful melody, for example in the opening section of his Fantasia on St Ann’s Hymn where it unfolds in the manuals above a gently ruminating statement of the hymn theme in the pedals (‘O God, our help in ages past’). The second section, ‘Allegro con spirito’, shows that he, like Best, was capable of virtuoso writing for both manuals and pedals.

from notes by Graham Barber 2003

Recordings

Jerusalem on High
CDA67356

Track-specific metadata for CDA67356 track 2

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-03-35602
Duration
8'03
Recording date
24 April 2002
Recording venue
Tewkesbury Abbey, Worcestershire, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Jerusalem on High (CDA67356)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: March 2003
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