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Following the success of the DVDs released by Fugue State Films, high quality audio recordings will be released on CD by Fugue State Records.

We now have nine CDs including recordings of the organs of St George's, Hanover Square, the Katharinenkirche in Hamburg and the Martinikerk in Groningen as well as Louis Couperin harpsichord works and Wayne Marshall's improvisations on Gershwin and Bernstein.

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Parthenia Nova - first recording of Richards Fowkes organ of St George's Hanover Square

Simon Thomas Jacobs plays Sweelinck, Weckmann, Bohm, Philips, plus first recordings of works by David Sanger, Joel Martinson and Philip Moore.

Release Date: November 2015

Simon Thomas Jacobs, first prize winner at the St Albans International Organ Festival, makes his first CD with a powerful programme of music from the 16th to the 21st centuries, including three contemporary works recorded for the first time. This is also the first recording of the wonderful Richards, Fowkes & Co. organ, which is also the first American organ built in London. A lot of firsts - hence the title Parthenia Nova, which refers to the first keyboard music published in England.

Simon Thomas Jacobs writes about his CD: " It was a great honour to have the opportunity to record my debut CD on the first American-built pipe organ in London and, in doing so, also acknowledge both my native country and the country I have subsequently made my home. In an age where almost everything has been recorded, Parthenia Nova attempts to display the vibrancy and versatility of Richards, Fowkes & Co. Opus 18 with lesser-known works from the 16th to 21st centuries—including three pieces that are appearing on commercial CD for the first time. This is repertoire about which I am deeply passionate and that I hope, combined with this exciting new instrument, will bring the listener as much joy as it continues to bring me."

You can buy the CD here.

Parthenia Nova

 

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Louis Couperin harpsichord music played by Colin Booth

Release Date: November 2015

Colin Booth, harpsichoridist and harpsichord builder, joins Fugue State Records, and here performs Louis Couperin suites, individual pieces and unmeasured preludes on this fascinating and captivating disc. To celebrate Colin's arrival at Fugue State we are also selling some of his earlier discs which include a brilliant and iconoclastic Bach Goldbergs, a Buxtehude disc that includes variations written on the same theme as Bach's Goldbergs, and a disc of music of that other great but overlooked German baroque composer, Johann Mattheson. And they're not all Germanic - there's also a disc of English 17th century music, Grounds for Pleasure. You can buy all the CDs here.

Louis Couperin Harpsichord

 

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Sietze de Vries CD from the Katharinenkirche, Hamburg

Release Date: May 2015

Brilliant Dutch organist Sietze de Vries plays the newly recreated organ of the Katharinenkirche in Hamburg. This magnificent 4 manual instrument with 32-foot pedal towers is famous as the organ that Bach admired unreservedly. The instrument was almost completely destroyed in the Second World War, but some pipework was saved. This has been incorporated into an otherwise recreated organ by Flentrop - sponsors of our Alkmaar DVD - and the result is magnificent. There is no better organist than Sietze, who played on all five CDs of our Pronkjuwelen boxed set, to put an instrument like this through its paces. He plays music by Praetorius, Reincken and Bach as well as a formidable 30 minute chorale improvisation. You can buy the CDs here.

Sietze CD

 

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Wim van Beek CDs from the Martinikerk, Groningen and Domkirke, Roskilde

Release Date: November 2014

Four new CDs played by Wim van Beek, who for more than 50 years has been the organist of the Martinikerk in Groningen. These include a magisterial performance of the Clavierubung III, Bach's great set of 21 chorale preludes bookended by the E-flat major Prelude and Fugue. The organ of the Martinikerk, originally dating from 1450 but renovated by among other Arp Schnitger, is one of the finest instruments in the world, especially for Bach. The second of the four is another volume of Bach organ works, but the organ can suit a wide repertoire and the third CD is Mozart, Brahms, Mendelssohn and Messiaen, all sounding at home on this great baroque instrument. The fourth CD is Bach again, but played on the fine organ of the Domkirke, Roskilde. You can buy the CDs here.

martinikerk groningen organ bach

 

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alkmaar great organ

Gershwin and Bernstein Improvised

Release Date: December 2012

“vivacious ... auspicious ... intense ... euphoric ... ebullient ... effervescent ... enchantingly poetic ... delightful.” ***** Choir and Organ Magazine

Wayne Marshall is famous throughout the world both for his improvisations and for his interpretations of the composition of Gershwin and Bernstein. Here he brings these two talents together, producing spellbinding improvisations on much-loved themes from the work of these master composers. Rhapsody in Blue by Gerswhin, and West Side Story, Candide and Wonderful Town are all given a new lease of life as symphonic improvisations for the organ. Also included is an improvisation on the song Funny People by Jule Styne.

Wayne Marshall himself writes: "The music of Gershwin and Bernstein has always been well represented in the jazz world. Both composers understood jazz but both were also classically trained. l have always wanted to represent them on the organ and to show that this most diverse of all instruments can create another dimension outside the more traditional routes of classical music. lmprovisation for me means freedom and spontaneity yet at the same time creating an unusual but convincing sound world. The American MGM musical genre is celebrated here. l love the film Funny Girl which features Barbra Streisand in the title role. ln it she sings the song People which was written by Jule Styne. The film arrangement is one of the best ever, so l hope you enjoy my improvisation based on one of the best songs of all time."

Marshall performs on the 83-stop Schuke organ of the Philharmonie Luxembourg, an instrument designed in consultation with Daniel Roth that brings together the best elements of the concert hall organ with the principles of traditional French and German organbuilding.

You can buy this CD here.

Here is the full 5-star review from Choir and Organ Magazine:

“A long-time champion of Gershwin and Bernstein in the concert hall and on disc, Wayne Marshall has been no less eloquent an advocate of the neglected art of improvisation. This vivacious compendium, an auspicious first CD from filmmakers Fugue State, combines both passions, freely reworking Broadway successes by both composers and Gershwin’s seminal Rhapsody in Blue, which is treated to a reading by turns intense and euphoric. Bernstein’s colourful Candide revels in Marshall’s infectiously ebullient treatment, while West Side Story is afforded deserved operatic gravity, and the Wonderful Town overture is deliciously effervescent. An extended, enchantingly poetic meditation on ‘People’ from Jule Styne’s Funny Girl is a delightful bonus.” *****

FSRCD-006

 

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