The Alexandra Palace Organ: Complete Hmv Recording
Label: WILLOWHAYNE RECORDS
Format: COMPACT DISC
Cunningham, G.D.; Ellingford, Herbert Frederick; Dupré, Marcel; Goss-Custard, Reginald; Alcock, Walter Galpin; Thalben-Ball, George
This release showcases the talent of some of the world's most brilliant organists from the first half of the 20th century. The Henry Willis organ of the Alexandra Palace was a masterpiece of organ building and HMV used it for the records on this release fresh from the 1929 rebuild in 1930/1. Marcel Dupré plays mainly the works of J.S. Bach. The legendary George D. Cunningham features the music of Elgar, Bach and Widor. There is more Bach, Karg-Elert and plenty of transcriptions performed by the other artists. For the first time, the original 78rpm records are presented here complete. Some are very rare and all have been painstakingly restored using state-of-the-art digital equipment. Every effort has been made not to 'over-cook' the processing so that the sound retains treble and sparkle, so you can hear the voicing of the organ and the Palace's 'then' unique acoustic clarity.