Released 11 June 2021
Released 11 June 2021
“I love the way he makes the music shine brightly through that incense-laden atmosphere which seems to shroud so many recordings of this repertory, without actually disturbing it in any way. I do not recall ever having been so excited by this music before. An exceptionally fine recording, which has captured instrument, acoustic and playing with impeccable detail without any sacrificing of atmosphere, and we have here a genuinely exceptional organ release.” – Gramophone (Editor’s Choice)
“Trotter plays like a man possessed to stunning effect.” ★★★★★ – Limelight Magazine
“The superbly engineered recording does full justice to the magnificence of Trotter’s playing.” ★★★★★ – Birmingham Post
“A tour de force” ★★★★★ (Performance) / ★★★★★ (Recording) – BBC Music Magazine
Thomas Trotter performs the complete organ works of Maurice Duruflé on the world-famous organ in the Chapel of King’s College Cambridge. Thomas is a prize-winning concert organist and one of the UK’s most admired performing musicians, reflected in Her Majesty The Queen awarding him The Queen’s Medal for Music on St Cecilia’s Day 2020.
For this recording of Duruflé’s complete organ works he returns to the chapel in which his extraordinary performing career began.
“Along with Olivier Messiaen and Jehan Alain, Maurice Duruflé is one of the giants of 20th century French organ music. His body of music is small but perfectly formed, and its eloquence and emotional depth have been an inspiration to me throughout my performing career. I have felt that the time is now right for a recording that I have had an ambition to make for many years, and to do so on one of the world’s most famous organs – indeed the one on which I learned my craft – is a joy and a privilege.”
Thomas’s new recording joins a critically acclaimed organ releases on the King’s label, including two albums by Sir Stephen Cleobury (The King of Instruments: A Voice Reborn debuted at #1 in the UK Specialist Classical Charts) and a recording of Messiaen’s La Nativité du Seigneur by former organ scholar Richard Gowers, described as “deeply impressive” by Gramophone Magazine and “profoundly moving” by MusicWeb International.
|1||Fugue sur le thème du Carillon des Heures de la Cathédrale de Soissons, Op. 12|
|Prélude et fugue sur le nom d’Alain, Op. 7|
|5||Scherzo, Op. 2|
|6||Prélude sur l’Introït de l’Epiphanie, Op. 13|
|Prélude, adagio et choral varié sur le theme du ‘Veni Creator’, Op. 4|
|9||III. Choral varié|
|10||Chant Donné: Hommage à Jean Gallon|
|Suite, Op. 5|
|Total playing time – 73:27|
Recorded at 192kHz 24-bit PCM in the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, by kind permission of the Provost and Scholars, 18–20 March 2020.
Producer & Editor Gary Cole
Engineer Benjamin Sheen
Mixing Benjamin Sheen
Mastering Simon Gibson
Page turner Christopher Too
Label management Benjamin Sheen