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Kenneth Leighton: Complete Organ Works

Stephen Farr, John Butt, Nicky Spence, Chloë Hanslip

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Six Fantasies on Hymn Tunes, Op. 72  
1.1
I. Helmsley
Kenneth Leighton; Stephen Farr
3:20
1.2
II. Aus der Tiefe (Heinlein)
Kenneth Leighton; Stephen Farr
3:57
1.3
III. Lumetto
Kenneth Leighton; Stephen Farr
2:57
1.4
IV. St Columba (Erin)
Kenneth Leighton; Stephen Farr
2:56
1.5
V. Veni Emmanuel
Kenneth Leighton; Stephen Farr
6:10
1.6
VI. Toccata on Hanover
Kenneth Leighton; Stephen Farr
3:08
1.7
Dialogues on a Scottish Psalm Tune, Op. 73 "Martyrs"
Kenneth Leighton; Stephen Farr; John Butt
12:19
1.8
Improvisation in Memoriam Maurice de Sausmarez
Kenneth Leighton; Stephen Farr
6:41
Missa de Gloria, Op. 82 "Dublin Festival Mass"  
1.9
I. Kyrie
Kenneth Leighton; Stephen Farr
4:35
1.10
II. Gloria
Kenneth Leighton; Stephen Farr
8:24
1.11
III. Credo
Kenneth Leighton; Stephen Farr
7:55
1.12
IV. Sanctus
Kenneth Leighton; Stephen Farr
5:38
1.13
V. Agnus Dei
Kenneth Leighton; Stephen Farr
5:55
1.14
VI. Ite, Missa Est
Kenneth Leighton; Stephen Farr
4:28
2.1
Festival Fanfare
Kenneth Leighton; Stephen Farr
6:08
Et Resurrexit (Theme, Fantasy & Fugue), Op. 49  
2.2
I. Theme
Kenneth Leighton; Stephen Farr
2:39
2.3
II. Fantasy
Kenneth Leighton; Stephen Farr
5:22
2.4
III. Fugue
Kenneth Leighton; Stephen Farr
7:58
2.5
These are Thy Wonders, Op. 84 "A Song of Renewal"
Kenneth Leighton; Stephen Farr; Nicky Spence
8:04
2.6
Veni Creator Spiritus
Kenneth Leighton; Stephen Farr
7:00
Prelude, Scherzo and Passacaglia, Op. 41  
2.7
I. Prelude
Kenneth Leighton; Stephen Farr
4:26
2.8
II. Scherzo
Kenneth Leighton; Stephen Farr
3:08
2.9
III. Passacaglia
Kenneth Leighton; Stephen Farr
8:25
3.1
Paean
Kenneth Leighton; Stephen Farr
4:56
3.2
Elegy, Op. 5
Kenneth Leighton; Stephen Farr
8:07
3.3
Ode
Kenneth Leighton; Stephen Farr
3:48
Fantasy on a Chorale, Op. 80 "Es ist genug"  
3.4
I. Es ist genug
Kenneth Leighton; Stephen Farr; Chloë Hanslip
6:27
3.5
II. Herr, wenn ed dir gefällt
Kenneth Leighton; Stephen Farr; Chloë Hanslip
3:48
3.6
III. So spanne mich doch aus
Kenneth Leighton; Stephen Farr; Chloë Hanslip
1:07
3.7
IV. Ich fahre sicher hin mit Frieden
Kenneth Leighton; Stephen Farr; Chloë Hanslip
6:17
3.8
V. Es ist genug
Kenneth Leighton; Stephen Farr; Chloë Hanslip
3:04
3.9
Rockingham
Kenneth Leighton; Stephen Farr
3:09
3.10
Fanfare
Kenneth Leighton; Stephen Farr
2:15
3.11
Veni Redemptor, Op. 93 "A Celebration"
Kenneth Leighton; Stephen Farr
10:21
Improvisations, Op. 76 "De Profundis"  
3.12
I. Molto adagio e con fantasia
Kenneth Leighton; Stephen Farr
2:46
3.13
II. Allegro e ritmico
Kenneth Leighton; Stephen Farr
4:04
3.14
III. Presto e leggiero
Kenneth Leighton; Stephen Farr
1:00
3.15
V. Appassionato
Kenneth Leighton; Stephen Farr
5:24
3.16
V. Più sostenuto e molto espressivo
Kenneth Leighton; Stephen Farr
6:37
3.17
VI. Molto statico e misurato
Kenneth Leighton; Stephen Farr
3:00
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    3:27:43
"Five Stars ... a major achievement. Stephen Farr triumphs ... highlights are too numerous to mention ..."
- The Guardian

"Lovers of Leighton’s choral music and those who enjoy British organ music need have no hesitation in buying this recording, preferably in the very fine 24/96 version."
- MusicWeb International

"Editor's Choice ... indeed, it is the sheer musical quality of Farr’s playing and his obvious sensitivity towards the rhythmic and textural detail of Leighton’s music which makes this a hugely impressive release."
- Gramophone

"Five Stars ... magnificent ... Farr is a committed advocate. Nimble and nuanced ... unabashedly muscular in Leighton's magnum opus, the dramatically variegated Missa de Gloria ... recorded sound is exemplary ..."
- Choir & Organ

Stephen Farr's comprehensive triple album of Kenneth Leighton's complete organ works is packed with vivid interpretations, performed on the organs of St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh, Symphony Hall in Birmingham and St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London. The keyboard virtuoso breathes new life into this highly significant part of the British composer’s output, joined on collaborative pieces by fellow organist John Butt, violinist Chloë Hanslip and tenor Nicky Spence. Completing the package is the world premiere of Leighton's only solo composition for harpsichord. The first two discs of this set were previously released individually in 2014 and 2016.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Resonus Classics Studio Masters

Producer, engineer and editor: Adam Binks
Cover image: Edinburgh by Yiannis Theologos Michellis (Creative Commons)

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