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Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields


Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields / Rhys Boak and five other organists play fifteen Ballarat organs

  • Published by Move Records [MD3294] — 1 CD
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Visiting Ballarat in late 1995, Italian organist, Sergio de Pieri, discovered that within the heritage churches of the goldfields were many beautiful pipe organs, several built by George Fincham, others imported from England or with origin unknown. Some were treasured and kept in good repair, their mechanical action and their beautifully stenciled façade pipes retained. Others were unused, sometimes in disused buildings and occupied by borers or a possum or two.

Sergio de Pieri immediately created a festival, the Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields, ten days of classical music throughout the goldfields each January, having as its central theme the bringing to life of the heritage instruments but also bringing many highly regarded singers, instrumentalists and chamber groups to the region in a wide-ranging classical music program.

This CD celebrates the festival's tenth year. You will hear a great variety of music played on 15 of the Ballarat region's organs. The festival has brought music to many people who flock to the festival each year, enjoying not only the music but the exploration of heritage buildings in the beautiful countryside, the shared picnics and pasta and the discovery of beautiful, heritage instruments.

There is a fully illustrated 16 page booklet which surveys the organ builders, churches and their organs, the music, and the performers.

Performers include Laura Cantagalli, Rosalie Bonighton, Ryoko Mori, Rhys Boak, John O'Donnell, and Sergio de Pieri.


Track Listing

Scherzo in G minor - M.E. Bossi (1861-1925)
Rhys Boak on the 1890 Fincham and Hobday organ in the Ballarat Parish Mission Church, Lydiard St. Sth. Ballarat

Canzonetta - D. Buxtehude (1637-1707)
Ryoko Mori on the 1860 Hamlin organ in St. Paul's Anglican Church, Clunes

Fugue in G minor BWV542 - J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Rhys Boak on the 1889 Fincham and Hobday organ in the Barkly Street Uniting Church

Toccata No. 3 - G. Muffat (1653-1704)
John O'Donnell on the 1888 William Anderson organ in the Daylesford Uniting Church

Chant de Paix - J. Langlais (1907-1991)
Rhys Boak on the 1903 Geo. Fincham and Sons organ in the Loreto Convent Chapel, Mary's Mount, Ballarat

Fugue in C minor - F. Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Ryoko Mori on the 1864 Walker organ in St. Paul's Anglican Church. Bakery Hill, Ballarat

Andante from Sonata No. 6 - F. Mendelssohn
Ryoko Mori on the 1912 Geo. Fincham and Sons organ in St. Alipius Catholic Church, Ballarat

Chorale Prelude "Aus Meine Herzens Grunde" - S. Karg-Elert (1877-1933)
Rhys Boak on the 1921 J. E. Dodd organ in Christ Church Anglican Cathedral, Ballarat

Chorale Prelude "Liebster Jesu" - S. Karg-Elert
Rhys Boak on the 1921 Geo. Fincham and Sons. organ in the Pleasant St. Uniting Church

Toccata on "Puer Nobis" - R. Bonighton
"Joshua fought the battle of Jericho" - R. Bonighton
Rosalie Bonighton on the 1891 Fincham and Hobday organ in St. John's Anglican Church Soldiers Hill, Ballarat

Intermezzo from Sonata No. 8 - J. Rheinberger (1839-1901)
Ryoko Mori on the 1894 Fincham and Hobday organ in the Carngham Uniting Church (Snake Valley)

Intermezzo Op. 98 II - J. Rheinberger
Ryoko Mori on the 1874 Geo. Fincham organ in the Neil St. Uniting Church

Andante from the Sonata in C minor - G.B. Pescetti (ca. 1704-1766)
Sergio de Pieri on the 1904 E. Cornwall-Cook organ in
St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Daylesford

Canon No. 5 in G minor - R. Schumann (1810-1856)
Esquisse No. 1, Op. 58 in C major - R. Schumann
Laura Cantagalli on the 1929 Hill, Norman and Beard organ in St. Peters Anglican Church Ballarat

Chorale No. 2 in B minor - Cesar Franck (1822-1890)
Rhys Boak on the 1930 Geo. Fincham and Sons organ in St. Patrick's Cathedral, Ballarat


Press Quotes

“...the entire project has been put together with such loving attention to detail and such devotion to an important part of Australia's musical heritage, that what emerges is a peculiar little gem ...

While the performance standards are uniformly high, the real stars, and equal villains, are the 15 Ballarat organs themselves...

If you close your eyes, you can imagine yourself back three or four generations, listening to music making the way Australia's earlier generations experienced it - on small church instruments played by musicians with evangelical fervour.”

— Martin Buzacott, Limelight

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