Organ Fireworks, Vol. 8
Organ of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre
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The end of June saw much ink spilled over whether the British or the Chinese organized the more spectacular fireworks to mark the handover of Hong Kong; Christopher Herrick's display on the Rieger organ of the HK Cultural Centre makes a third strong contender.

The organ has ninety-three speaking stops, and its 8,000 pipes are here unleashed on such gems as Elgar's Imperial March and the Hungarian March 'Rákóczi' from Berlioz's Damnation of Faust, here in a stunning arrangement by W T Best. The imperial theme is continued with such works as Paine's Concert Variations on the Austrian Hymn, and Reger's Variations and Fugue on 'Heil dir im Siegerkranz' (the tune being more recognizable, to English listeners at least, as 'God save the King').

CDA66978  74 minutes 44 seconds
‘Familiarity still does not diminish the wonder of such outstanding playing. The organ makes a glorious noise … an outstanding example of imaginative and successful programme planning’ (Gramophone)
‘Again, Herrick’s playing is exemplary, and the organ is superb’ (Choir & Organ)
‘Playing of great flair and character in arguably the finest yet of this distinguished series’ (Classic CD)