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Star of the Sea


The Star of the Sea / Sergio de Pieri

  • Published by Move Records [MD3228] — 1 CD
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... a superb programme of Italian and French organ favourites designed to exploit all the resources of this justly famous Grandfather Fincham organ in St. Mary's Star-of-the-Sea, West Melbourne ...

The organ at St. Mary's Star-of-the-Sea Church was built between 1898 and 1900 by the leading colonial organ builder George Fincham at his factory nestled in the Melbourne suburbs. It was the first pipe organ in Australia to be classified by the National Trust and is regarded as an instrument of national importance: it remains the largest organ built in Australia during the 19th century to remain essentially intact.


Track Listing

Variations de Concert, Op. 1 (Joseph Bonnet)
Canzoncina a Maria Vergine (Marco Enrico Bossi)
Pièce Héroïque (César Franck)
Il Natale in Sicilia (Pietro Alessandro Yon)
Prelude and Fugue in G Minor (Brahms)
Chorale Prelude, Op. 122 (Brahms)
Noël (Jean François Dandrieu)
Le Banquet Céleste (Messiaen)
Noël (Claude Bénigne Balbastre)
Litanies (Jehan Alain)


Press Quotes

“magnificent sound ... all of this, and the soaring music, demonstrate the organ's range and versatility, and the virtuosity of the performer.”

— Lynn Wells, Radio News 3BBB-FM

“it's stirring, reflective, rousing, thoughtful ... Turn your volume up and listen to those bass pedals.”

— Kim Lockwood, Herald Sun

“an interesting program of delights”

— Bruce Steele, Organo Pleno

“quite beautiful to listen to ... Sergio de Pieri's playing ... is musical, sensitive and accurate ... breath-taking.”

— Lindsay Hutchinson, The Melbourne Anglican

“The recital makes immensely enjoyable listening.”

— John Maidment, 3MBS FM Libretto

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