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The Opening of Heaven
(Audio CD)
Bruce Neswick

In this, the first full-length organ recording featuring a single organist from the restored Great Organ at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Bruce Neswick brings us a program of Anglican classics as well as major new music from leading 20th-century church musicians.  Music by Howells, Stanford, David Hurd, Gerre Hancock and Larry King comprise the 75-plus minute long program.  The full scope of the organs resources, including the State Trumpet, are put to use in this program.

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Format: Digital Audio CD
Catalog Number:  CD 7251
Length: 76′ 34”
Tracks:  10 CD tracks, plus 3 additional MP3 download bonus tracks.
Organ: Aeolian-Skinner / Quimby
Venue: The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City USA
Recorded: 10/19/2010
Released: 07/20/2011
Producer: Frederick Hohman
Notes Author: Bruce Neswick, Douglass Hunt
Notes Language: English
Graphics Format: 12pp book, traycard, jewel box
UPC #: 636077725128

Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians – April 2012 Here’s the recording everyone has been waiting for. … Neswick is in his element on this recording, with three New York City composers … Neswick is never daunted by musical or technical demands. He performs these works like a great master at an instrument he dearly loves. Beautifully recorded … Magnificent! – Jonathan E. Dimmock

The Delius Society ”This and everything else Neswick plays is first rate. Organ lovers will want to hear this restored monumental organ of 159 ranks.” – Fall 2012

01 • Fanfares to the Tongues of Fire [1978] • Larry King • 5’48”
02 • Organ Sonata No 5, Quasi una Fantasia, Op 159 – Allegro moderato • Sir Charles Villiers Stanford • 6’52”
03 • Organ Sonata No 5, Quasi una Fantasia, Op 159 – Allegretto ma non troppo mosso • Sir Charles Villiers Stanford • 6’9″
04 • Organ Sonata No 5, Quasi una Fantasia, Op 159 – Allegro • Sir Charles Villiers Stanford • 7’47”
05 • Siciliano for a High Ceremony [1957] • Herbert Howells • 8’46”
06 • Te Deum Laudamus [1981] – Toccata-The Acknowledgment • David Hurd • 4’52”
07 • Te Deum Laudamus [1981] – Four Fantasies-The Adoration • David Hurd • 9’12”
08 • Te Deum Laudamus [1981] – Recitative and Hymn-The Humbling • David Hurd • 8’16”
09 • Te Deum Laudamus [1981] – Introduction, Fugue and Chaconne-The Opening of Heaven • David Hurd • 12’5″
10 • Variations on Ora Labora • Gerre Hancock • 6’48”

Bruce Neswick
BRUCE NESWICK is the Director of Music at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, having previously served as the Canon for Music at the Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, and, prior to that, as the Assistant Organist-Choirmaster for the Girl Choristers at Washington National Cathedral and Director of Music at St. Albans School for Boys and the National Cathedral School for Girls, and as Organist and Choirmaster at Christ Church Cathedral in Lexington, Kentucky, Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Geneva, Switzerland, and St. Paul’s Cathedral in Buffalo, New York. Learn more…

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