Richard Apperley | New Zealand Organ Music

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New Zealand Organ Music

by Richard Apperley

A recording of organ works by New Zealand composers performed by Richard Apperley on six significant organs around Wellington, New Zealand.
Genre: Classical: Organ
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Dedica
15:17 $0.99
2. An Advent Prelude
7:42 $0.99
3. Three Pleasant Pieces (Andante)
6:08 $0.99
4. Three Pleasant Pieces (Allegro)
4:16 $0.99
5. Three Pleasant Pieces (Lento)
8:19 $0.99
6. Reliquiæ (Vox)
2:18 $0.99
7. Reliquiæ (Memor)
5:58 $0.99
8. Reliquiæ (Mens Mentis)
2:43 $0.99
9. Prelude and Fugue
8:22 $0.99
10. Fantasia "Ave Maris Stella"
6:22 $0.99
11. Prelude and Fugue in G Minor
12:23 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
This groundbreaking disc features organ music by some of New Zealand's most talented composers recorded on a variety of significant instruments around Wellington, performed by Richard Apperley, Assistant Director of Music at the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul.

Richard Apperley says 'this disc is largely a response to the devastating effect of the Christchurch earthquakes on so many churches and organs in the city. Whilst we can do little to protect the organs of Wellington should we experience a similar tragedy, it seems prudent to make a permanent audio recording of some of our finest instruments. The music of New Zealand composers has long been a passion of mine, and I'm thrilled to be able present a disc of this nature.'

The organs recorded on this disc include those at the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, St Peter's Willis Street, St James' Presbyterian Newtown, St Paul's Lutheran Church and the National War Memorial. Of particular significance is the Norman and Beard instrument at St James' Presbyterian church – the building is due to be demolished later this year due to earthquake risk.

Represented on the disc are composers Andrew Baldwin, David Farquhar, Douglas Lilburn, Helen Caskie, Andrew Perkins, Tecwyn Evans and Timothy Hurd. Of the seven works on the disc, only one (Prelude and Fugue in G minor by Douglas Lilburn) has been recorded before. Each work has been chosen to show off the capabilites of each instrument, and Timothy Hurd's work – reliquiæ – has been written specifically for the Erben instrument at the National War Memorial. Andrew Baldwin's An Advent Prelude was written for Richard, and Richard also commissioned Tecwyn Evan's Dedica.

One of the composers featured on the disc, Andrew Perkins, writes: 'Richard is a person of extreme talent and foresight with all music he performs and conducts. The music world owes him a lot as he has been indefatigable with his mission to promote, record, perform and publish compositions by New Zealand composers. Richard ranks alongside other New Zealand performers of high calibre, such as Douglas Mews Jr and the late Anthony Jennings (both past teachers of mine) - I always appreciated the fact that they took the time to contribute to the NZ recording oeuvre.'

The producer and session engineer for the disc is Kyle Macdonald, with editing and post-production by Richard Apperley. Kyle writes ‘Richard is one of this country’s top organists and the leading authority on New Zealand compositions for the instrument. What makes this recording very special is the way it surveys a region’s instruments, all of which Richard (as engineer as well as organist!) has helped capture in wonderfully faithful sound - I have no doubt that it’s this country’s most important organ release to date.’



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