Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Leo Sowerby - Works for Organ and Orchestra - Classic Concerto - Medieval Poem - Pageant - Festival Musick - David Craighead & David Mulbury, Organ - The Fairfield Orchestra, John Welsh - Marco Polo 1994

Leo Sowerby is a wonderful American composer who is best known for his solo organ music, choral works as well as music for organ with orchestral accompaniment. It is, however, a very small slice of his compositional life that is available to audiences; Sowerby composed over 550 works in every genre except ballet and opera, and most of his large output remains unknown and unrecorded (there are a handful of exceptional discs available on Cedille, Albany, Premiere Recordings, and others, including several organ compilations, yet it's a small catalog considering his diverse and immense output (and talent). The "Classic Concerto" has always been one of my favorite Organ Concertos. Sowerby creates wonderfully rich sonorities throughout, and the responsory between the organ and string choir is just beautiful, and satisfyingly muscular in the outer movements. Its concerto-grosso structural leanings too has always been a real plus for these ears! The rest of the program is delightful also, but as usual I'm short on time so the booklet notes will surely suffice..

Leo Sowerby

Enjoy everyone!



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Stefan said...

Fantastic! New to me and making my weekend sweeter :)
Thanks TZ

Toon van Dijk said...

Many thanks and regards from The Netherlands.
Veel dank en groeten uit Nederland.