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Organ Works

played by Nicholas Kynaston
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Excelsior! S 666



Am Grabe Richard Wagners S 267



Funérailles from Harmonies Poétiques et Religieuses S 173
(Transcribed for organ by Nicolas Kynaston)



Trauerode from Zwei Vortragsstücke für Orgel S 268



Orpheus S 98 (Transcribed for organ by Gottschalg and Liszt)


  Fantasia & Fugue on "Ad nos, ad salutarem undam" S 259  










One of my treasured memories of a recent Southwark Festival was of Nicholas Kynaston playing major works by Liszt (not normally one of my favourite composers) at the Cathedral, combining richness of colour with lucidity. These are included in this marvellous recording on a 1977 Klais organ. The recording quality is magnificent; detail is not obscured despite the long reverberation period in Ingolstadt Münster, a considerable achievement.

The culmination of the programme is the huge Fantasia and Fugue Ad nos, ad salutarem undam (32 mins, including a central Adagio)) developed from a chorale in Meyerbeer's Le Prophete. Of particular interest are two transcriptions for organ, Funérailles , in memory of Chopin, with a passage clearly alluding to the Ab Polonaise, and the affecting orchestral Symphonic Poem Orpheus, a favourite of Beecham's (& of mine), considered by Wagner Liszt's finest work, which goes wonderfully well on the organ.

If you are beginning to feel there has been too much Bach last year, try this for something completely different and of great distinction.

Peter Grahame Woolf

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