English Town Hall Organ Philharmonie Duisburg
Roland Maria Stangier, Organ
The first solo album of the new Eule organ of the Philharmonie Mercatorhalle. Well-known original works for organ as well as transcriptions of famous orchestral works by Holst, Handel, Vierne, Elgar, Bridge, Franck and Gárdonyi.
In 2009 the venue of the Duisburg Philharmonics, the Philharmonie Mercatorhalle, received a new concert organ in the anglo-late romantic style, modeled after the English Town Hall organs of the time. We now present the first solo album featuring the new instrument, with Roland Maria Stangier at the organ.
While most people first and foremost associate the sound of the organ with the instruments used in church, the organ looks back at a long tradition of being employed in the concert hall as well – in the form of the concert organ. These instruments can be characterised by an immense dynamic range and a great number of tonal colours. The abundant pedal, with a forceful and voluminous sound is typical, as well.
The multi-faceted programme with original works for organ as well as transcriptions of famous orchestral works, which are typical for the heyday of these instruments in the 19th century, topped with some improvisations, perfectly illuminates the capabilities of the instrument and promises a sonic adventure of a truly special kind.
Gustav Holst (1874–1934); arr.: Roland Maria Stangier (*1957)
Jupiter from Op. 32
Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759); arr.: Henry Smart (1813-1879)
Concerto for Organ and Orchestra Op. 4, No. 5
Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
Claire de lune from Op. 53
Carillon de Westminster from Op. 54
Frank Bridge (1879-1941)
Adagio in E
Edward Elgar (1857-1934); arr. after William Henry Harris (1883-1973)
Nimrod from Op. 36
César Auguste Franck (1822-1890)
Final Op. 21
Roland Maria Stangier (*1957)
Zsolt Gárdonyi (*1946)