“One of my favourite things about being an organist is the exquisite feeling of practising in a church or cathedral late at night. The door is locked, the lights are often out, and time seems to flow differently. It’s at night that one really gains a sense of the history of the building, getting to know the creaking noises and clicks that make it seem as if the space is breathing. Sound seems to travel differently too, piercing the warm cushion of dark silence like a beam of light. On this disc I’ve tried to capture some of that magic, recording in a chilly Ely Cathedral after hours in January 2021.” - Anna Lapwood
Available now on Signum Records.
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Le Tombeau de Couperin Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) 1 I. Prelude arr. Erwin Wiersinga [3.55] 2 III. Forlane [6.23] 3 IV. Riguadon [3.49] 4 An Occasional Trumpet Voluntary Patrick Gowers (1936-2014) [3.43] 5 Andante from String Quartet in G Minor, L. 85 Claude Debussy (1862-1918) [8.16] arr. Alexandre Guilmant 6 Light in Darkness Kerensa Briggs (b. 1991) [4.33] 7 III. Improvisation from Trois Improvisations Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979) [3.20] 8 Images Owain Park (b. 1993) [7.07]
Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, Op. 33a Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) arr. Anna Lapwood 9 I. Dawn [3.36] 10 II. Sunday Morning [4.11] 11 III. Moonlight [5.15] 12 IV. Storm [5.06] 13 Vocalise-Étude Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992) [4.35] arr. Anna Lapwood 14 Taking Your Leave Cheryl Frances-Hoad (b. 1980) [4.24] Total timings [68.22]