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Classical - Released August 28, 2020 | Resonus Classics

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Composer James MacMillan is best known for his choral and orchestral works, which often have religious and/or political associations. Organ music brings out a different side of the composer's personality, partly because those associations are, to some extent, foreclosed. The works here date from 1983, for the little Wedding Introit, to 2018, for another wedding work, Kenga e Krushqve, for the marriage of the composer's son. This work fuses Scottish, Albanian, and, just for kicks, Cuban elements, and it's a lot of fun. It's also typical, in a way, of MacMillan's organ output, which has a somewhat experimental quality. Some of it has links to the composer's choral music, but by and large, it stands a bit apart. It may be quiet and devoted to the solution of a technical problem, or it may, in the cases of Le Tombeau de Georges Rouault or the final Toccata, require considerable virtuosity from the soloist. It receives this from contemporary organ music specialist Stephen Farr, who confidently approaches the challenges and brings forth wonderful colors from the Rieger Organ of St. Giles' Cathedral. This 1992 instrument is well known to MacMillan and has a seemingly symbiotic relationship to the music that's immensely satisfying. This recording is especially recommended to MacMillan fans; it will add to their appreciation of this composer. © TiVo