Carillon and Organ : Musical Celebrations from The University of Sydney
Hear the spectacular sound of Carillon and Organ like you've never heard before!
The War Memorial carillon and the Great Hall organ are vital elements of the more than 50 graduations held annually as part of Sydney University's ceremonial life. As graduands and their guests arrive at the University on these important occasions, they are greeted by the wonderful, age-old sound of the carillon. Upon entering the Great Hall they are treated to the lighter and more transparent tones of the organ, these in turn giving way to the thrilling splendour of the full organ as the Academic Procession enters, and later retires from the, hall. Following the ceremony, activities focus on the famous quadrangle where all are invited to enjoy refreshments while the sounds of the bells cascade down, with Gaudeamus Igitur the first piece always heard. This recording gathers together some of the music performed on these great occasions.
It also offers an additional surprising feature, with the opening and closing works (arranged specifically for this recording) combining of instruments. This was possible only with technological help, the two instruments having been recorded separately and then combined later in the studio. The organ part was recorded first and then played back to the carillonist while she played and recorded her parts.
During recording, traffic noise and birds were somewhat of a problem. Thanks to modern noise reduction technology, the traffic has been virtually eliminated but you'll still hear the birds singing!
Gaudeamus Igitur **
Reich mir die hand, mein Leben (Mozart) *
Trumpet Voluntary (Jeremiah Clarke)
Londonderry Air *
Rustic Landscape (Pozdro) *
Hornpipe, from 'Water Music' (Handel)
Romance d'Espagna (Cano) *
'Gigue' Fugue (Bach)
Variations on a French Noel *
Was I not a Flower in the Meadows? *
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (Bach) *
Sinfonia from Cantata 29 (Bach)
Cantique de Noel *
Greek Shepherdess *
Allegro from Organ Concerto in F (Handel)
Resonet in Laudibus *
Carillon de Westminster **
** denotes carillon and organ
* denotes carillon solo
all other tracks are for organ solo
Press Quotes“an amazing technical achievement ... significant, imaginative and appealing ... Move Records is to be commended on such a worthwhile endeavour.”
— John Maidment, OHTA News“splendid sounds ... consistently pleasing ... superbly recorded”
— John Barns, 3MBS FM Libretto“The presentation of the CD, as is usual with Move recordings, is impeccable ... If this is your thing, and the programme appeals, go for it.”
— Lawrence Cross, Arpeggio Classics NZ“first rate performances throughout ... most successfully recorded ... a fascinating bonus MPEG video”
— Colin Jenkins, Organo Pleno“a unique performance”
— Chris Copas, The Star“an excellent production ... a collection for all tastes ... Put this disc in your CD player, turn up the volume and go out into the garden to appreciate the effect of the bells as they are meant to be heard.”
— Ray Holland, Organ Music Society of Adelaide“a distinctive and musically spectacular combination ... assured playing that is consistently musical and expressive ... a new and appealing listening experience for any music lover. The sound is warm and clear.”
— Bill Hoffmann, Canberra Times“good contrasts ... nice to hear some rare or little-known pieces ... an appealing sound ... intriguing”
— Cliff Tucker, Radio Fremantle
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