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JOHN ELLIS - MUSIC FOR ORGAN, VOLUME 2
ROBIN WALKER (organ of Bolton Parish Church)

Volume 1 of the John Ellis Organ music was recorded by Ronald Frost and received much acclaim. This CD featuring the extremely talented young organist Robin Walker continues the theme of music which is very firmly in the English Cathedral tradition, but which, as several critics have commented, also displays a very remarkable and distinctive voice - and is as suitable for recital performance as much as within the confines of liturgical use. The brilliant Symphony is perhaps the prime example of this genre to be written in recent years. A recording we are deighted to have in our catalogue. See volume 1 here.

WE ARE SORRY TO NOTE THAT JOHN ELLIS DIED ON APRIL 26, 2010. A GREAT LOSS TO MUSIC.

CD DURATION:  67:04  

AUDIO SAMPLE: Scherzo Fantasie (extract)



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tracks:

Variations on Picardy
Scherzo-Fantasie
Festive Voluntary
Two Hymn-Tune Preludes:
Passion Chorale
Veni, Creator
Toccata
Minuet
Three Pieces for Organ
Organ Symphony

review extracts: for full reviews click here
“The music has a distinctive, pleasantly astringent, quality... the organ sounded well... and Robin Walker is a convincing advocate, both of the organ and the music.” – Relf Clark (Choir & Organ)

“[This disc attests] to the composer's skill and subtle originality. Although broadly tonal the music shows considerable variety harmonically, ranging from the modally expressive to the quartal piquancy of Hindemith. Modulations happen by sleight of hand; the pivot chords provoke marvel, whilst melodies are plastic, limpid and show the influence of plainsong. Extensive and authoritative notes...fine instrument. The Organ Symphony... is surely one of the best organ works of recent decades. John Ellis has found a marvellous champion of his work in Robin Walker... playing is first rate. [The recording] is excellent...lovers of organ music should not hesitate. I look forward to hearing more of John Ellis' work in the future” – David Hackbridge Johnson (MusicWeb)

“ Without a doubt [the organ Symphony] is John Ellis's masterwork and the more I have heard it the more it surprises and amazes me. Any organist interesting in something new and challenging should track it down. Robin Walker is a marvellous advocate... he handles the instrument superbly. The accompanying booklet is a model of its kind. It possesses succinct but useful comments on the music as well as biographies of both the composer and performer.” - Gary Higginson (MusicWeb)