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CHAN 10489 - Variations on America: Organ Works
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Coplandís The Preamble (For a Solemn Occasion) and Charles Ivesís Variations on America are two large works that are well known in the organ repertoire. Ivesí Variations on America is accompanied by two fugues which here receive their first recording and Organ Prelude on Adeste Fidelis, in many respects quintessential Ives. The disc is completed by several world premieres including Cowellís Hymn and Fuguing Tune No.14, Barberís Prelude and Fugue in B minor and Stephen Paulusís Triptypch.

'The playing of this young musician is, as I have implied, very fine and at all times highly musical. His registrations are excellent and the detail of his part playing is first-class. Here is a rare collection, splendidly presented and recorded, which is very strongly recommended.'
International Record Review on Czech Music for Organ

Ďsympathetic and stylish playing from the brilliant and versatile Iain Quinn.í
Cathedral Music on Tsar of Instruments.
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“…Quinn’s playing is faultless throughout and credit must be given to his handling of the diverse array of sounds.” “…The recording quality is of a very high standard and the sound comes across very clearly indeed in the Cathedral’s acoustic.”  *****
Jamal Sutton
 

The Organ - Spring 2010

“This is one spectacular organ recording, even given its Chandos pedigree. Pedal tones are vividly and viscerally registered, even in the quietest moments, and the sound is utterly undistorted, top to bottom, at all dynamic levels. ‘Variations on America’ is an apt title for this release. In it Welsh-born organist Iain Quinn has chosen pieces that reflect America’s religiosity, innocence and dynamism…”
In their wisdom, the producers of this disc have chosen to put the most spectacular piece last – Paulus’s Triptych , composed in 2000…” “This is an all-stops-pulled tour de force for both the organ and the organist …”
“The organ is that of the 14th-century cathedral of St Michael in Coventry.” “It was first built in 1886, and, after the cathedral’s destruction in World War II, painstakingly rebuilt by Harrison and Harrison in 1962. That ill-fated but redeemed cathedral provides a fine acoustical surround that enhances and, like Quinn’s musicianship, enlivens all the pieces on this release.”

William Zagorski

 

Fanfare - January/February 2010

"The conservative restraint of most of this intriguing collection is blown away by the rhythmic energy of the outer movements of Stephen Paulus’s Triptych. Iain Quinn is scrupulous throughout but deserved the chance to show off – and so did the Coventry Cathedral organ."
Peter Dickinson

Gramophone - August 2009

 

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