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Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue

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Uploaded by: ChristopherBrown (05/12/20)
Composer: Willan, Healey
Sample Producer: Audio Angelorum
Sample Set: Peterborough Cathedral Hill
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Romantic
Description:
Healey Willan composed his Intruduction, Passacaglia and Fugue after hearing Reger's monumental E minor work of the same name, and being challenged to prove that one didn't have to be German to compose such a piece.

In that he was certainly successful and in the process created arguably a more attractive piece. It might be said that if at the end of the Healey Willan version the organist heaves a sigh of relief, then at the end of the Reger original everybody present heaves a sigh of relief! Willan's contribution has a more concise and less austere quality which makes it a great recital piece for a varied audience.

This has to be amongst the most noteworthy large scale organ works, so it's surprising it's last outing in the concert hall seems to be 8 years ago! It's a favourite of mine and really gets round the Peterborough organ.
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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