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Recording of the Month: August 2016

Great European Organs no. 100 (Final volume): The Organ of Liverpool Cathedral  PRCD 1158
David Poulter plays the organ of Liverpool Anglican Cathedral

Priory Records began this series 30 years ago in 1986 with the first release from King’s College, Cambridge, the start of a series which is the biggest of its kind in the world. This 100th and final release in the series was recorded on the largest organ in the UK by David Poulter in Liverpool Anglican Cathedral with a programme of more well-known organ music which suits the organ, the building and its large acoustics.  It is pomp and ceremony all the way with Elgar’s G major Sonata, Walton’s Crown Imperial and Orb & Sceptre marches and Henry V Suite, Whitlock’s March Dignity and Impudence, Bridge’s Adagio in E, Howells’ Master Tallis’s Testament and Rawsthorne’s arrangement of The Londonderry Air.  This recording is a must for any lover of organ music, perfectly recorded in this huge cathedral with its unique acoustic.  Highly recommended and available from http://prioryrecords.co.uk/Great-European-Organs-Number-100-David%20Poulter-Final-Volume-in-series.

The making of this recording and others in the series was featured by Andrew McGregor on BBC Radio 3 Record Review on Saturday 23 July 2016 in a discussion with Neil Collier, founder, director and producer of Priory Records and is available on the BBC iPlayer until 21st August at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07lf1sx   It starts at 1 hour 59 mins from the start and lasts for 45 mins giving a fascinating insight into the challenges of recording organ music in so many different buildings with some wonderful extracts from the series. There is an additional 25-minute bonus feature on the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral organ on this page if you just scroll down from the main Record Review feature.  In this David Poulter, the Director of Music, explains and demonstrates the main sections of the Liverpool Organ.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p041l3t8