CDs/Reviews

Eugène Reuchsel: La Vie du Christ; Bouquet de France

Simon Niemiński's second recording of music by Reuchsel, of two late works. La Vie du Christ is his only explicitly sacred composition, while Bouquet de France is a collection of organ-solo settings of French folk songs, all in Reuchsel's lush romantic and pianistic style. Folk song remains the common element linking both these two works, and his Promenades en Provence suites (see below.) Recorded during December 2017 on the magnificent Rieger organ of The High Kirk of St Giles in Edinburgh.

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Alfred Hollins and Friends

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Alfred Hollins, a programme of works by him and by the dedicatees of a selection of his pieces: Frank Heddon Bond, Bernard Johnson and Ernest MacMillan, and Edwin Lemare and William Wolstenholme whose 150th anniversaries were also in 2015.

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 Sir Charles Villiers Stanford: Organ works

Following his landmark recording of Giles Swayne's Stations of the Cross, organist Simon Niemiński returns to the Resonus label with an engaging recital of organ works by Charles Villiers Stanford. Showcasing another of Edinburgh's rich and varied crop of instruments, Niemiński performs on the unspoilt 1913 Brindley and Foster organ of Freemasons' Hall, right in the heart of the city. Recently given a full restoration in 2009 by Forth Pipe Organs, this organ is almost unique as a complete, unaltered example of this significant and pioneering organ builder, and provides an ideal vehicle for authentic performances of this music.

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Giles Swayne: Stations of the Cross

Resonus Classics is proud to release the world premiere recording of Giles Swayne's epic organ work Stations of the Cross. Making his Resonus debut with Stations  is the Edinburgh-based organist Simon Niemiński. Recorded on the 2007 Matthew Copley organ of St Mary's Metropolitan Cathedral in Edinburgh - where Simon is the resident organist - this extensive solo work is at the pinnacle of virtuosic organ repertoire, with each of the fourteen movements representing an episode in the story of the Passion of Christ. Composed during autumn 2004 and early 2005, and at one hour in length, Stations is one of the most significant and substantial organ works to have been commissioned in recent times. Focusing particularly on those human aspects of the Passion most important to Swayne, he has created an intensely powerful and descriptive work that surely ranks among the most important works of the organ repertoire.

Credits: ©2013 Resonus Limited; Ⓟ 2013 Resonus Limited.

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With Giles Swayne, recording 'Stations of the Cross'

With Giles Swayne before recording sessions.

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Eugène Reuchsel: Promenades en Provence

Recorded on the Kilgen organ of the Cathedral Basilica of St Louis, St Louis, Missouri.

Edward Shippen Barnes: Symphonies

Recorded on the 1937 Wicks organ of St Mary's RC Cathedral, Peoria, Illinois.

Sir Edward meets Father Willis

Elgar transcriptions, including the complete Enigma Variations, recorded on the 'Father' Willis organ of St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh.

 The Organ at the Met

Recorded on the 2007 Matthew Copley organ of St Mary's Metropolitan Cathedral, Edinburgh.

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Longhorns of Abilene

Recorded on the Nichols & Simpson organ of First Baptist Church, Abilene, Texas.

The Organ at the Grand Lodge

Recorded on the newly restored (2010) 1913 Brindley & Foster organ of Freemasons' Hall, Edinburgh.

 Organic Shakespeare

Recorded on Wicks Opus 6295, 'demonstration' organ, at the Wicks Organ Co. factory, Highland, Illinois

Sounds of Francis Jackson

Recorded on the Father Willis organ of St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh.

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Organs of Edinburgh

Two tracks from St Mary's Metropolitan Cathedral:

Hear my words, ye people

The choir of St Mary’s (Scottish Episcopal) Cathedral, directed by Simon Niemiński, singing a programme of choral music inspired by hymn texts, both accompanied and unaccompanied, spanning 4 centuries of the Anglican choral tradition.

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