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The Organ at the Grand Lodge (Audio CD) Simon Nieminski

This is the first commercially-available CD featuring the newly-restored, 3-manual, circa 1913 vintage pipe organ, by Brindley & Foster, located in the Freemasons’ Hall Grand Lodge in Edinburgh, Scotland UK. The release coincides with a public re-dedication concert of the organ, to be held in March, 2010, played by recently-installed Grand Organist, Simon Nieminski. This organ has rarely, if ever, been heard outside of the Masonic community. The organ has been restored according to its original, tubular-pneumatic design, and it features a wind-driven stop combination action, as well as a device called the “Brindgradus,” which is equivalent to the Crescendo Pedal on American pipe organs.

Presently available only as CD.
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Format: Digital Audio CD
Catalog Number:  CD 7240
Length: 74′ 54″
Tracks:  9
Organ: Brindley and Foster
Venue: Freemasons’ Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland UK
Recorded: 12/01/2009
Released: 03/09/2010
Producer: Frederick Hohman
Notes Author: Simon Nieminski
Notes Language: English
Graphics Format: 12pp book, traycard, jewel box
UPC #: 636077724022

Choir and Organ Frederick Bridge’s Flowers of the Forest and Eugene Thayer’s Auld Lang Syne Variations tap deeply and charmingly into Scottish emotions. Jeremy Cull’s atmospheric arrangement of the Adagio from Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony adds ballast to the programme, as does Parry’s Wanderer Toccata and Fugue. A flavoursome disc. – Graeme Kay

01 • Overture: “Die Zauberflöte” (The Magic Flute) • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart • 8’2″
02 • Andante in F, K.616 • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart • 6’41”
03 • Coronach “A Highland Lament” • Edgar Barratt, transcribed by A E Hull • 6’41”
04 • Concert Fantasia on Scottish Melodies • Albert Lister Peace • 11’49”
05 • Flowers of the Forest • Sir Frederick Bridge • 6’15”
06 • Adagio from Symphony No. 3 in A major “Scottish” • Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, transcribed by Jeremy Cull • 11’11”
07 • Emporer Variations (from String Quartet Op 76 No 3) • “Franz” Josef Hadyn • 5’3″
08 • The Wanderer Toccata and Fugue • Sir Charles Hubert H. Parry • 14’29”
09 • Variations on “Auld Lang Syne” Op 30 • Eugene Thayer • 7’7″

Simon Nieminski
Simon Nieminski was born in London and descended from an unlikely mixture of Edwardian Japanese acrobats, Lancastrian Music Hall artistes and a Polish army veteran. He studied in London at the Royal College of Music, at Cambridge University and as Organ Scholar of York Minster. He has many years’ experience in the cathedral music tradition, currently as Organist of St Mary’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Edinburgh. Learn more…

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