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Gillian Weir

Gillian Weir – A Celebration (22CD)

 

      A 22-CD celebration of the doyenne of organists on her 80th birthday (17 January 2021) spanning her illustrious career of nearly five decades.

      It presents Gillian Weir’s complete Argo recordings, selected recordings on other labels that have reverted to her, and most enticingly, no fewer than ten discs of previously unpublished BBC radio broadcasts – selected by Dame Gillian. The first twelve CDs in the set are made up of studio recordings and the remaining ten CDs comprise previously unpublished recordings of BBC broadcasts. (Note: the BBC recordings are not included on digital services for streaming or download.)

      The set features sixteen organs from six countries and includes a 13,000-word booklet includes informative introductions to the recordings, with Gillian Weir’s reminiscences and amusing anecdotes from the recording sessions and from her encounters with composers such as Olivier Messiaen and William Mathias.

      ‘Weir is to the organ what Heifetz was to the violin, and Casals to the cello – a phenomenon,’ pronounced the celebrated broadcaster John Amis.

      TRACK LIST

      THE STUDIO RECORDINGS (CDs 1–12)

      CD 1
      NICOLAUS BRUHNS (1665–1697)
      Præludium in G major
      Præludium in E minor ‘Großes’
      Præludium in E minor ‘Kleines’
      Fantasia on Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland

      SAMUEL SCHEIDT (1587–1654)
      Passamezzo, SSWV 107
      Gillian Weir at the Organ of Clare College, Cambridge

      CD 2
      JEAN-FRANÇOIS DANDRIEU (1682–1738)
      Premier Livre de Pièces d’Orgue
      Pièces en A. Mi La majeur
      Magnificat
      Pièces en G. Ré sol mineur
      Magnificat
      Gillian Weir at the Organs of Leonhardskirche, Basel and the Great Organ of the Church of Saint-Maximin de Thionville

      CD 3
      LOUIS MARCHAND (1669–1732)
      Premier livre d’orgue excerpts
      Troisième livre d’orgue excerpt
      Quatrième livre d’orgue
      Cinquième livre d’orgue
      Gillian Weir at the Great Organ of the Church of Saint-Maximin de Thionville

      CD 4
      JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685–1750)
      Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV 564
      Fantasia in G major, BWV 572
      Trio Sonata No. 1 in E flat major, BWV 525
      Passacaglia in C minor, BWV 582
      Gillian Weir at the Organ of Laurenskerk, Rotterdam

      CD 5
      FRANÇOIS COUPERIN (1668–1733)
      Messe pour les Paroisses
      Gillian Weir at the Organ of Prediger-Kirche, Zürich

      CD 6
      FRANÇOIS COUPERIN (1668–1733)
      Messe pour les Couvents
      Gillian Weir at the Organ of Prediger-Kirche, Zürich

      LOUIS-NICOLAS CLÉRAMBAULT (1676–1749)
      Livre d’Orgue
      Suite du Premier Ton (G minor)
      Suite du Deuxième Ton (D minor)
      Gillian Weir at the Organ of Prediger-Kirche, Zürich

      CD 7
      FRANÇOIS ROBERDAY (1624–1680)
      Fugue et Caprices pour orgue
      Gillian Weir at the Organ of Leonhardskirche, Basel

      CD 8
      CHARLES CAMILLERI (1931–2009)
      Missa Mundi
      Gillian Weir at the Organ of the Royal Festival Hall

      CD 9
      THE ORGAN AT HEXHAM ABBEY
      CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR (1844–1937)
      Allegro (Symphony No. 6, Op. 42 No. 2)

      LOUIS VIERNE (1870–1937)
      Impromptu (Pièces de Fantaisie)

      JOHN BULL (1562–1628)
      Dr. Bull’s My Selfe
      Dr. Bull’s Jewell

      NICOLAS DE GRIGNY (1672–1703)
      Récit de Tierce en Taille (Premier Livre d’Orgue)

      HENRI MULET (1878–1967)
      Tu es Petra (Esquisses byzantines)

      LOUIS-CLAUDE DAQUIN (1694–1772)
      Noël XII: Noël Suisse

      MARCEL DUPRÉ (1886–1971)
      Fileuse (Suite Bretonne, Op. 21 No. 2)

      JEAN LANGLAIS (1907–1991)
      Dialogue sur les mixtures (Suite Brève)

      THOMAS TOMKINS (1572–1656)
      Worster Braules

      JAN PIETERSZOON SWEELINCK (1562–1621)
      Mein junges Leben hat ein End

      THÉODORE DUBOIS (1837–1924)
      Toccata in G minor (12 Pièces Nouvelles)
      Gillian Weir at the Organ of Hexham Abbey

      CD 10
      FELIX MENDELSSOHN (1809–1847)
      Hör mein Bitten (Hear my Prayer)
      Motet, Op. 39 No. 1: Veni, Domine
      Ave Maria, Op. 23 No. 2
      Felicity Palmer, soprano (Hör mein Bitten)
      John Elwes, tenor (Ave Maria)
      Heinrich Schütz Choir and Chorale
      Gillian Weir, organ
      Roger Norrington

      ZOLTÁN KODÁLY (1882–1967)
      Psalm 114, from the Geneva Psalter
      Laudes Organi – Fantasia on a 12th-century sequence
      Brighton Festival Chorus
      Gillian Weir, organ
      László Heltay

      CD 11
      OLIVIER MESSIAEN (1908–1992)
      Le Banquet Céleste
      Les Corps Glorieux
      Apparition de l’Église Éternelle
      Gillian Weir at the Organ of the Royal Festival Hall, London

      CD 12
      OLIVIER MESSIAEN (1908–1992)
      Verset pour la Fête de la Dédicace
      L’Ascension (excerpts)
      Gillian Weir at the Organ of the Royal Festival Hall, London

      MARCEL DUPRÉ (1886–1971)
      Variations sur un Noël, Op. 20

      CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS (1835–1921)
      Fantaisie No. 1 in E flat major

      LOUIS VIERNE (1870–1937)
      3 Pièces de Fantaisie

      JACQUES CHARPENTIER (1933–2017)
      L’Ange à la Trompette

      MARCEL DUPRÉ (1886–1971)
      Deuxième Symphonie, Op. 26
      Gillian Weir at the Hradetzky organ in the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

      BBC RECORDINGS (CDs 13–22)
      Live Recordings from the BBC – Previously Unpublished
      CD 13

      LOUIS VIERNE (1870–1937)
      Naïades (Pièces de Fantaisie)

      OLIVIER MESSIAEN (1908–1992)
      Combat de la Mort et de la Vie (Les Corps Glorieux)

      WILLIAM MATHIAS (1934–1992)
      Variations on a Hymn Tune ‘Braint’, Op. 20

      GILLIAN WEIR
      at the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St. Alban, St. Albans, Hertfordshire

      DIETERICH BUXTEHUDE (1637–1707)
      Toccata in F major, BuxWV 156

      GIROLAMO FRESCOBALDI (1583–1643)
      Aria detto to Balletto

      LUIGI ROSSI (1597–1653)
      Toccata Settima

      ARTHUR HONEGGER (1892–1955)
      Fugue

      ANTON HEILLER (1923–1979)
      Suite: In Festo Corporis Christi
      Gillian Weir at the organ of Chapel of Clare College, Cambridge

      CD 14
      THE ORGAN DANCES
      ANTONIO VALENTE (1520–1580)
      Lo ballo dell’ Intorcia

      CÉSAR FRANCK (1822–1890)
      Choral No. 2

      ANTON HEILLER (1923–1979)
      Tanz-Toccata

      PETR EBEN (1929–2007)
      Walpurgisnacht (from Faust)

      JEHAN ALAIN (1911–1940)
      Trois Danses

      OLIVIER MESSIAEN (1908–1992)
      Transports de joie d’une âme devant la gloire du Christ qui est la sienna (L’Ascension)
      Gillian Weir at the organ of the Royal Albert Hall, London

      CD 15
      MARCEL DUPRÉ (1886–1971)
      Le Monde dans l’attente du Sauveur (Symphonie-Passion, Op. 23)

      JEHAN ALAIN (1911–1940)
      Intermezzo

      CHARLES TOURNEMIRE (1870–1939)
      Choral-paraphrase sur le Victimae Paschali (transc. Duruflé)
      Gillian Weir at the organ of Birmingham Oratory, Birmingham

      JEHAN ALAIN (1911–1940)
      Deux Fantaisies
      Gillian Weir at the organ of the Royal Festival Hall, London

      JEAN LANGLAIS (1907–1991)
      Incantation pour un jour saint

      MAURICE DURUFLÉ (1902–1986)
      Prélude sur l’Introït de l’Epiphanie

      LÉON BOËLLMANN (1862–1897)
      Versets sur ‘Adoro Te’

      JEANNE DEMESSIEUX (1921–1968)
      Deux Choral Préludes, Op. 8
      Te Deum, Op. 11*
      Gillian Weir at the organ of Aarhus Domkirke, Aarhaus, Denmark

      CD 16
      CÉSAR FRANCK (1822–1890)
      Choral No. 1 in E major (Trois Chorals)
      Cantabile (Trois Pièces)
      Grande Pièce Symphonique (Six Pièces)
      Fantaisie in A major (Trois Pièces)
      Prélude, Fugue et Variation, Op. 18 (Six Pièces)
      Pièce héroïque (Trois Pièces)
      Gillian Weir at the organ of Saint-Sernin, Toulouse, France

      CD 17
      CÉSAR FRANCK (1822–1890)
      Choral No. 2 in B minor (Trois Chorals)
      Pastorale (Six Pièces)
      Prière, Op. 20 (Six Pièces)
      Choral No. 3 in A minor (Trois Chorals)
      Fantaisie in C major, Op. 16 (Six Pièces)
      Andantino in G minor
      Final, Op. 21 (Six Pièces)
      Gillian Weir at the organ of Saint-Sernin, Toulouse, France

      CD 18
      OLIVIER MESSIAEN (1908–1992)
      Le Banquet Céleste
      Diptyque
      Apparition de l’Église Éternelle
      L’Ascension
      Gillian Weir at the organ of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington DC

      CD 19
      OLIVIER MESSIAEN (1908–1992)
      La Nativité du Seigneur
      Gillian Weir at the organ of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington DC

      CD 20
      OLIVIER MESSIAEN (1908–1992)
      Les Corps Glorieux
      Gillian Weir at the organ of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington DC

      CD 21
      OLIVIER MESSIAEN (1908–1992)
      Messe de la Pentecôte
      Verset pour la Fête de la Dédicace
      Livre d’Orgue
      Gillian Weir at the organ of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington DC

      CD 22
      OLIVIER MESSIAEN (1908–1992)
      Méditations sur le Mystère de la Sainte Trinité
      Gillian Weir at the organ of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington DC