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The Grand Organ of Chester Cathedral (DVD + bonus CD); Philip Rushforth

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  • Actors: Philip Rushforth
  • Directors: Richard Knight, Paul Crichton
  • Format: PAL, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Priory
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Oct 2012
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B009VJUK1K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,992 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


An all-region DVD, recorded in both 5.1 surround and 2-channel stereo, featuring an organ recital by Philip Rushforth, during which we see - in addition to the organist at the console - the Cathedral, part of the surrounding City and countryside further afield. (For best results please reproduce the DVD soundtrack through a hi-fi system rather than simply through your television.) The DVD additionally contains bonus features on the organ, the choice of programme, a narrative by the organist on the Lemare 'Bell Scherzo' and a performance of Peter Planyavsky's 'Toccata Planyavska'. The package also contains a free CD featuring just the recital, in 2-channel stereo, to enable (for example) listening on a separate hi-fi system, or in the car. The recital programme is as follows: 1. R Strauss arr. Rushforth: Sunrise, from 'Also sprach Zarathustra'. 2. A Guilmant: Paraphrase (sur un choeur de Judas Macchabee de Handel). 3. R White: Fantasia. 4. H Sumsion: Introduction & Theme (Ostinato). 5. H Brewer: Cloister Garth. 6. C Steel: Variations (on a theme of Guillaume de Machaut). 7. G F Handel: Pastoral Symphony (from 'Messiah'). 8. G Swayne: Riff-Raff. 9. A Hollins: Trumpet Minuet. 10. E Lemare: Bell Scherzo. 11. G Holst arr. Wills: Jupiter (from 'The Planets').

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JJA on 23 Nov 2012
Since Priory made their inspirational decision to produce these DVDs featuring various cathedral organs and their organists, I have subscribed to every one. I have invariably been delighted and have eagerly awaited each new release in the series. This latest DVD featuring Philip Rushforth playing the organ of Chester Cathedral did not disappoint! The DVD comes with a complimentary CD of the recital which immediately gets transferred to my Ipod! The entire presentation is superb; the enclosed booklet gives the usual programme notes, organ specification along with an illuminating history of the organ from Roger Fisher, a former organist of the cathedral, and finally a profile of the present organist and featured recitalist, Philip Rushworth. A cathedral organist with film star looks, as well as an amazing talent - rare indeed! (This sentence from my wife!)
The priory team have, as usual, excelled themselves with the recorded quality of the organ. It is simply magnificent and I must especially mention the photography and editing of Richard Knight. His creative flair complements the audio with sympathetic images that do much to enhance the music. This filming is by far the best yet, and that is saying something, given the overall quality of this series. He really is to be congratulated. His work is immediately apparent with the opening to the programme; an explosion of light as the sun rises on 'Also sprach Zarathustra' and this work of genius is further enhanced by the assembling images of the stained glass window. The music of Richard Strauss, made famous by the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, has never been presented as well as this!
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