Messiaen: Livre d'orgue Tom Winpenny

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Label: Naxos

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Chamber Music

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  • Olivier Messiaen (1908 - 1992): Verset pour la fête de la dédicace, I/44:
  • 1Verset pour la fête de la dédicace, I/4409:06
  • Livre d'orgue, I/38:
  • 2No. 1, Reprises par interversion05:58
  • 3No. 2, Pièce en trio02:36
  • 4No. 3, Les mains de l'abîme06:29
  • 5No. 4, Chants d'oiseaux08:12
  • 6No. 5, Pièce en trio07:51
  • 7No. 6, Les yeux dans les roues01:49
  • 8No. 7, Soixante-quatre durées10:18
  • Olivier Messiaen (1908 - 1992):
  • 9Monodie, I/45a02:58
  • Tristan et Yseult:
  • 10Thème d'amour01:40
  • Total Runtime56:57

Info for Messiaen: Livre d'orgue

Ten years after writing ‘Les Corps glorieux’ Olivier Messiaen developed a plan to compose a Book of Rhythmic Studies for the organ. This resulted in two distinct works of which ‘Livre d’orgue’ proved to be an anthology representative of his compositional thinking at the time. It runs the gamut of rhythms, tone colors and sonorities, ranging from extreme delicacy to the most powerful vehemence, and includes new modes, complex Hindu rhythms, and an aviary of birdsong. The test piece ‘Verset pour la fete de la Dedicace’ offers a more serene vision in its own essay in birdsong. Tom Winpenny is Assistant Master of the Music at St. Alban’s Cathedral, where he accompanies the daily choral services and directs the Abbey Girls’ Choir. Previously, he served as sub-organist at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London. He is also musical director of the London Pro Arte Choir. Winpenny has broadcast frequently on BBC Radio and featured on American Public Media’s pipedreams. He was organ scholar at King’s College, Cambridge, graduating with a music degree, and twice accompanying the festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, broadcast worldwide.

Tom Winpenny, organ

Tom Winpenny
is Assistant Master of the Music at St Albans Cathedral where his duties include accompanying the daily choral services and directing the acclaimed Abbey Girls Choir. Previously, he was Sub-Organist at St Paul's Cathedral, and during this time he performed with the Cathedral Choir at the American Guild of Organists National Convention, performed in Mahler's Symphony no. 8 with Valery Gergiev and the LSO, and played for many great state occasions. He has also broadcast regularly on BBC Radio and been featured on American Public Media's Pipedreams.

He began organ lessons under John Scott Whiteley while a chorister at York Minster, and continued as a Music Scholar at Eton College under Alastair Sampson. After holding the post of Organ Scholar at Worcester Cathedral and then St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, he was for three years Organ Scholar at King's College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a degree in music. With the Choir of King's College, he gave concerts in the USA, Hong Kong and throughout Europe, in addition to appearing as their accompanist on CD releases on EMI Classics.

He has taken part in the first performance of works by Sir John Tavener, Judith Bingham, Jonathan Dove, Francis Grier and Francis Pott. He has studied with Thomas Trotter and Johannes Geffert, and won First Prize and the Audience Prize at the 2008 Miami International Organ Competition.

Recent and forthcoming engagements include recitals in Leeds Town Hall, Truro Cathedral, Stockholm Cathedral and in the USA in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Independence, Missouri. His solo organ recordings include a recital on the organ of St Albans Cathedral (JAV Recordings), organ works by Judith Bingham (Naxos) - including the first recording of the concerto Jacob's Ladder, and music by Charles Villiers Stanford, played on the organ of Queens' College, Cambridge (Resonus Classics). He also directs St Albans Abbey Girls Choir in a recently-released recording of Mendelssohn Choral Works (Naxos).

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