Anthony Halliday : Organ of St Francis' Church Melbourne / Saint-Saëns, Beethoven, Duruflé, Bach
Few Australian musicians come close to matching Anthony Halliday's versatile splendour. This CD emphasises his gifts in transcribing orchestral works. Featuring the organ of St Francis' Church Melbourne. From Bach's time through to the middle of the 20th century, transcriptions of orchestral works were common. But more recently they lost favour with organists being considered beneath the organ's dignity. Such puritanism has now finally died unlamented, as ever more performers rediscover genuinely ingenious adaptations of symphonic - or operatic - music in organ terms. But no-one now alive makes such adaptations better than Halliday.
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