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ORGAN IN THE HILLS
HENRY WALLACE

THE SIMONBURN WALKER ORGAN
HENRY WALLACE F.R.C.O. at the wonderful Walker organ of St Mungo, Simonburn, in the remote Northern English countryside
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As well as some well-known Bach chorale-preludes, Henry puts this inspiring little instrument, acquired by St. Mungo's from York Minster in about 1908, through its paces in a balanced programme of (mainly) German pieces, some of which aren't available elsewhere.

playing time:  67:59
direct sale price:  £8.50
audio  sample:  Franck: Cantabile - extract
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tracks:

Bach: Prelude in C minor, BWV546;
   Chorale preludes:
   Nun komm der Heiden Heiland,  BWV599;
   Ich ruf zu dir,  BWV639;  
   O Mensch, bewein, BWV622  
   Wachet auf, BWV645;
Rheinberger: Sonata no 6 in E flat - Prelude, op.119
Reger: Canzone in E flat, op.65/9 ;
Mendelssohn: Organ Sonata in D minor, op65/6;
Fischer: Prelude & Fugue in E;   
Franck: Cantabile in B;      
Dubois: Toccata in G;        
Froberger: Ricercar in C;
Sweelinck: Variations on "Mein junges leben"

review extracts: for full reviews click here
"Well done Simonburn! [Wallace plays] a well-balanced and enjoyable programme with refinement, projection and imagination…[the organ] only possesses fourteen ranks, but each is a gem.” – Paul Hale (Organists’ Review)
“A modest but gorgeous example of mid-19th century village organ building... A nice piece of local history, and an undoubtedly first-rate instrument” – Chris Bragg (MusicWeb)
“This is a rather good CD. The organ has some exquisitely charming sounds and the playing is at all times skilful and accurate. Listening to this recital is an enjoyable experience.” – Warwick Cole (International Record Review)
“Wallace demonstrates the finely tuned organ to its best in distinctively voiced counterpoints and luminous choral effects. Warm, natural recorded sound” - Tom Hall (The Journal Culture Magazine)  CULTURE MAGAZINE CD OF THE MONTH (Jan 2006)