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David Drury

All the Stop: The David Drury Collection

When the mighty Sydney Town Hall Organ, one of the wonders of the musical world, emerged from 12 solid years of repairs and refurbishment in the mid 1980s, the organist chosen to capture its magnificence on disc for the first time was the Australian virtuoso David Drury. This 3CD set begins with that extraordinary recording, made to celebrate the centenary of this unique and glorious instrument: built by William Hill in 1890, the biggest and best-preserved 19th-century Romantic organ in the world.

Drury’s flawless technique is coupled with an extraordinary sensitivity to the vast range of tonal colours available on its 8,756 pipes, which range in size from barely 10cm – no bigger than a ball-point pen – to a record-breaking 64 foot (19½ metre) Contra-Trombone stop. There is music of whisper-light delicacy and music of earth-shaking grandeur, and every possible shade and timbre in between. A second disc, released in 1993 and included as CD2 of this collection, continues this magical pairing of master-organist and world-renowned instrument, while extensive liner notes trace the organ’s fascinating history.

Disc 3 takes us to Melbourne, where Drury explores the power and the subtlety of another splendid instrument: the T.C. Lewis organ in St Paul’s Cathedral. Across all three discs, Drury offers a dazzling range of repertoire, from monumental organ works by Reger and Liszt to orchestral classics by Bach, Elgar, Saint-Saëns and Wagner, brilliantly arranged for the ‘king of instruments’. This collection also features three thrilling improvisations by Drury himself – the only Australian ever to win the prestigious Tournemire Prize for improvisation. 

TRACKLISTING

CD1 Music for a Grand Organ

William Hill & Son Grand Organ, Sydney Town Hall

1        MENDELSSOHN arr. Best
          War March of the Priests from Athalie

2        FRANCK Cantabile

3        GIGOUT Toccata

4        WAGNER transcr. Lemare
          Pilgrims’ Chorus from Tannhäuser

5        DUPRÉ Cortège et Litanie

6        PEETERS Aria

7        SAINT-SAËNS transcr. Lemare
          Danse macabre

8        STANFORD Fantasia and Toccata

9        DRURY Improvisation on a Theme of Nigel Butterley

10      HOLLINS A Song of Sunshine

11      MOSZKOWSKI arr. Goss-Custard
          Romance sans paroles

12      KOEHNE Gothic Toccata

CD2 Pomp & Circumstance

William Hill & Son Grand Organ, Sydney Town Hall

1        ELGAR transcr. Lemare
          Pomp and Circumstance No. 1

2        BACH arr. Phillips Orchestral Suite No. 3: Air

3-4     WHITLOCK Sonata in C minor

5        LISZT Fantasy and Fugue on the Chorale ‘Ad nos, ad
salutarem undam’

6        ELGAR arr. Harris Enigma Variations: ‘Nimrod’

7        DRURY Improvisation on a Theme of Peter Sculthorpe

8        HOLLINS A Trumpet Minuet

9        VIERNE Carillon de Westminster

CD3 On a Grand Scale

T.C. Lewis Organ, St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne

1-2     SAINT-SAËNS Prelude and Fugue in C major

3        DRURY Improvisation

4-6     JACKSON Toccata, Chorale and Fugue

          JONGEN 4 pièces, Op. 37
7        I. Cantabile
8        II. Improvisation – Caprice
9        III. Prière
10      IV. Choral

11-12  REGER Fantasy on the Chorale ‘Wachet auf,
ruft uns die Stimme!’

David Drury organ

Release
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