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on 25 July 2012
There are 129 items on here; covering an astonishing range of repertoire.

1. Fantasia for Mechanical Organ in F minor, K 608 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Noel Rawsthorne (Organ)
Date of Recording: 8/1963 Liverpool Cathedral

2. Nouveau livre de noëls (12), Op. 2: no 10, Noël grand-jeu et duo, Quand Dieu naquit à Noël by Louis-Claude Daquin
Noel Rawsthorne (Organ)
Date of Recording: 8/1963 Liverpool Cathedral

3. Trumpet Tune and Air by Henry Purcell
Noel Rawsthorne (Organ)
Date of Recording: 8/1963 Liverpool Cathedral

4. Chorale Improvisations (66) for Organ, Op. 65: no 59, Nun danket alle Gott by Sigfrid Karg-Elert
Noel Rawsthorne (Organ)
Date of Recording: 8/1963 Liverpool Cathedral

5. Pièces (24) en style libre, Op. 31: no 19, Berceuse by Louis Vierne
Noel Rawsthorne (Organ)
Date of Recording: 8/1963 Liverpool Cathedral

6. Extemporizations (4): no 4, Fanfare by Percy Whitlock
Noel Rawsthorne (Organ)
Date of Recording: 8/1963 Liverpool Cathedral

7. Suite for Organ, Op. 5: 3rd movement, Toccata by Maurice Duruflé
Noel Rawsthorne (Organ)
Date of Recording: 8/1963 Liverpool Cathedral

8. Introduction and fugue for organ in F major by James Nares
Francis Jackson (Organ)
Date of Recording: 3/1964 York Minster

9. Air and Gavotte by Samuel Wesley
Francis Jackson (Organ)
Date of Recording: 3/1964 York Minster

10. Scherzo for Organ in G minor, Op. 49 no 2 by Marco Enrico Bossi
Francis Jackson (Organ)
Date of Recording: 3/1964 York Minster

11. Diversion for Mixtures by Francis Jackson
Francis Jackson (Organ)
Date of Recording: 3/1964 York Minster

12. Tuba Tune for Organ by Norman Cocker
Francis Jackson (Organ)
Date of Recording: 3/1964 York Minster

13. Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue for Organ in E flat major, B 149 by Healey Willan
Francis Jackson (Organ)
Date of Recording: 3/1964 York Minster

14. Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV 564: Toccata by Johann Sebastian Bach
Douglas Guest (Organ)
Date of Recording: 6/1964 Westminster Abbey

15. Largo, Allegro, Aria and Variations by Michael Festing
Douglas Guest (Organ)
Date of Recording: 6/1964 Westminster Abbey

16. Voluntary by Thomas Tomkins
Douglas Guest (Organ)
Date of Recording: 6/1964 Westminster Abbey

17. In nomine by Thomas Tomkins
Douglas Guest (Organ)
Date of Recording: 6/1963 Westminster Abbey

18. Fancy by Thomas Tomkins
Douglas Guest (Organ)
Date of Recording: 6/1964 Westminster Abbey

19. Sonatas (6) for Organ, Op. 65: no 4 in B flat major: 1st movement, Allegro con brio by Felix Mendelssohn
Douglas Guest (Organ)
Date of Recording: 6/1964 Westminster Abbey

20. Pieces (6) for Organ: no 5, Saraband in modo elegiaco by Herbert Howells
Douglas Guest (Organ)
Date of Recording: 6/1964 Westminster Abbey

21. Pieces (6) for Organ: no 1, Preludio "Sine Nomine" by Herbert Howells
Douglas Guest (Organ)
Date of Recording: 6/1964 Westminster Abbey

22. Sonata for Organ no 8 in E minor, Op. 132: Introduction and Passacaglia by Joseph Rheinberger
Douglas Guest (Organ)
Date of Recording: 6/1964 Westminster Abbey

23. Psalm-Preludes (3) for Organ, Set 2: no 1, De profundis clamavi ad te, Domine by Herbert Howells
Simon Preston (Organ)
Date of Recording: 3/1967 Westminster Abbey

24. Carillon for Organ by Herbert Murrill
Simon Preston (Organ)
Date of Recording: 3/1967 Westminster Abbey

25. Pieces (3) for Chamber Organ, Book 1: no 3, Choral Song and Fugue by Samuel Sebastian Wesley
Herbert Sumsion (Organ)
Date of Recording: 1/1965 Gloucester Cathedral

26. Sonata for Organ in G major, Op. 28 by Sir Edward Elgar
Herbert Sumsion (Organ)
Date of Recording: 1/1965 Gloucester Cathedral

27. Rhapsodies (3) for Organ, Op. 17: no 1 in D flat major by Herbert Howells
Herbert Sumsion (Organ)
Date of Recording: 1/1965 Gloucester Cathedral

28. Choral Fantasias (3) for Organ: no 1 "Old 100th" by Charles Hubert Parry
Herbert Sumsion (Organ)
Date of Recording: 1/1965 Gloucester Cathedral

29. Short Pieces (5) for Organ: no 2, Folk Tune by Percy Whitlock
Herbert Sumsion (Organ)
Date of Recording: 1/1965 Gloucester Cathedral

30. Short Pieces (5) for Organ: no 4, Scherzo by Percy Whitlock
Herbert Sumsion (Organ)
Date of Recording: 1/1965 Gloucester Cathedral

31. In dulci jubilo, BWV 729 by Johann Sebastian Bach
David Lepine (Organ)
Date of Recording: 2/1965 Coventry Cathedral

32. Orgelbüchlein: In dulci jubilo, BWV 608 by Johann Sebastian Bach
David Lepine (Organ)
Date of Recording: 2/1965 Coventry Cathedral

33. Praeludium for Keyboard in D minor, BuxWV 140 by Dietrich Buxtehude
David Lepine (Organ)
Date of Recording: 2/1976 Coventry Cathedral

34. Prelude and Fugue for Organ on B-A-C-H, S 260 by Franz Liszt
David Lepine (Organ)
Date of Recording: 2/1976 Coventry Cathedral

35. Voluntaries (6) for Organ, Op. 1: no 5 in G major by William Walond
David Lepine (Organ)
Period: Classical
Date of Recording: 2/1965 Coventry Cathedral

36. Chorale Preludes (10) for Organ, Op. 39: no 2, Herders, hij is geboren by Flor Peeters
David Lepine (Organ)
Date of Recording: 2/1965 Coventry Cathedral

37. Hymne d'Action de Grâce: Te Deum for Org by Jean Langlais
David Lepine (Organ)
Date of Recording: 2/1965 Coventry Cathedral

38. Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 288/L 57 by Domenico Scarlatti
David Lepine (Organ)
Date of Recording: 2/1965 Coventry Cathedral

39. Variations for Keyboard on "Mein junges Leben" by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
David Lepine (Organ)
Date of Recording: 2/1965 Coventry Cathedral

40. Sonatas (6) for Organ, Op. 65: no 6 in D minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Lionel Dakers (Organ)
Date of Recording: 4/1965 Exeter Cathedral

41. Holsworthy Church Bells by Samuel Sebastian Wesley
Lionel Dakers (Organ)
Date of Recording: 4/1965 Exeter Cathedral

42. Elegy for Organ in B flat major by Sir George Thalben-Ball
Lionel Dakers (Organ)
Date of Recording: 4/1965 Exeter Cathedral

43. Tuba Tune for Organ in D major, Op. 15 by Craig Sellar Lang
Lionel Dakers (Organ)
Date of Recording: 4/1965 Exeter Cathedral

44. A Fantasy for Organ, Op. 39 no 2 by Harold Edwin Darke
Lionel Dakers (Organ)
Date of Recording: 4/1965 Exeter Cathedral

45. Partita on "Veni creator spiritus," Op.75 no 6 by Flor Peeters
Lionel Dakers (Organ)
Date of Recording: 4/1965 Exeter Cathedral

46. Christus der ist mein Leben by Johann Pachelbel
Herrick Bunney (Organ)
Date of Recording: 6/1965 St. Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh

47. Psalm-Preludes (3) for Organ, Set 2: no 2, Yea the darkness is no darkness by Herbert Howells
Herrick Bunney (Organ)
Date of Recording: 6/1965 St. Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh

48. Litanies for Organ, AWV 100/Op. 79 by Jehan-Ariste Alain
Herrick Bunney (Organ)
Date of Recording: 6/1965 St. Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh

49. Le jardin suspendu for Organ, AWV 63 by Jehan-Ariste Alain
Herrick Bunney (Organ)
Date of Recording: 6/1965 St. Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh

50. Messe pour les Paroisses: Offertoire sur les Grands Jeux by François Couperin
Herrick Bunney (Organ)
Date of Recording: 6/1965 St. Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh

51. Mass for Organ no 1 "à l'usage ordinaire": Tierce en Taille by François Couperin
Herrick Bunney (Organ)
Date of Recording: 6/1965 St. Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh

52. Mass for Organ no 1 "à l'usage ordinaire des paroisses": Dialogue ser les Trompettes, Clairon et Tie by François Couperin
Herrick Bunney (Organ)
Date of Recording: 6/1965 St. Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh

53. Prelude and Fugue on a Theme of Vittoria by Benjamin Britten
Herrick Bunney (Organ)
Date of Recording: 6/1965 St. Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh

54. Fantasie in G major, BWV 572 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Herrick Bunney (Organ)
Date of Recording: 6/1965 St. Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh

55. Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 "Little G minor" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Robert Joyce (Organ)
Date of Recording: 11/1965 Llandaff Cathedral

56. Chorale Preludes (11) for Organ, Op. 122: no 5, Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele by Johannes Brahms
Robert Joyce (Organ)
Date of Recording: 11/1965 Llandaff Cathedral

57. Chorale Preludes (11) for Organ, Op. 122: no 6, O wie selig seid ihr doch by Johannes Brahms
Robert Joyce (Organ)
Date of Recording: 11/1965 Llandaff Cathedral

58. Fantasia and Fugue for Piano on B-A-C-H, S 529: Fugue by Franz Liszt
Robert Joyce (Organ)
Date of Recording: 11/1965 Llandaff Cathedral

59. Preludes on Welsh Hymn Tunes (3) for Organ by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Robert Joyce (Organ)
Date of Recording: 11/1965 Llandaff Cathedral

60. Variations on a Hymn Tune, Op. 20 by William Mathias
Robert Joyce (Organ)
Date of Recording: 11/1965 Llandaff Cathedral

61. Hommage to Handel, Op. 75b by Sigfrid Karg-Elert
Conrad Eden (Organ)
Date of Recording: 2/1966 Durham Cathedral

62. Concerto for Organ solo in E flat major, BWV 597 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conrad Eden (Organ)
Date of Recording: 2/1966 Durham Cathedral

63. Prelude by Arthur Milner
Conrad Eden (Organ)
Date of Recording: 2/1966 Durham Cathedral

64. Short Pieces (4) for Organ: no 2, Rêverie by William Henry Harris
Conrad Eden (Organ)
Date of Recording: 2/1966 Durham Cathedral

65. Variations on a Recitative for Organ, Op. 40 by Arnold Schoenberg
Conrad Eden (Organ)
Date of Recording: 2/1966 Durham Cathedral

66. Pavan "Sinfoniae" by John Bull
Melville Cook (Organ)
Date of Recording: ?6/1966 Hereford Cathedral

67. Larghetto for Organ in F minor by Samuel Sebastian Wesley
Melville Cook (Organ)
Date of Recording: 6/1966 Hereford Cathedral

68. Sonata heroïca, Op. 94 by Joseph Jongen
Melville Cook (Organ)
Date of Recording: 6/1966 Hereford Cathedral

69. Incantation pour un jour saint by Jean Langlais
Melville Cook (Organ)
Date of Recording: 6/1966 Hereford Cathedral

70. Aria, Op. 51 by Flor Peeters
Melville Cook (Organ)
Date of Recording: 6/1966 Hereford Cathedral

71. Prelude et fugue sur le nom d'Alain, Op. 7 by Maurice Duruflé
Melville Cook (Organ)
Date of Recording: 6/1966 Hereford Cathedral

72. Chorales (3) for Organ: no 1 in E major, M 38 by César Franck
Christopher Dearnley (Organ)
Date of Recording: 10/1966 Salisbury Cathedral

73. Fantasy for Organ in D flat major, Op. 101 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Christopher Dearnley (Organ)
Date of Recording: 10/1966 Salisbury Cathedral

74. Commotio for Organ, FS 155/Op. 58 by Carl Nielsen
Christopher Dearnley (Organ)
Date of Recording: 10/1966 Salisbury Cathedral

75. Entrée Pontificale, Op. 104 no 1 by Marco Enrico Bossi
Heathcote Statham (Organ)
Date of Recording: 1966 Norwich Cathedral

76. Lament by Heathcote Statham
Heathcote Statham (Organ)
Date of Recording: 1966 Norwich Cathedral

77. Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 538 "Dorian": Fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach
Heathcote Statham (Organ)
Date of Recording: 1966 Norwich Cathedral

78. Voluntaries (10) for Organ, book 2, Op. 6: no 2 in A minor by John Stanley
Heathcote Statham (Organ)
Date of Recording: 1966 Norwich Cathedral

79. Musette by Jean-François Dandrieu
Heathcote Statham (Organ)
Date of Recording: 1966 Norwich Cathedral

80. Prelude for Organ by Louis-Nicolas Clérambault
Heathcote Statham (Organ)
Date of Recording: 1966 Norwich Cathedral

81. Concertos (6) for Organ, Op. 4: no 2 in B flat major, HWV 290 - 4th movement, Allegro by George Frideric Handel
Heathcote Statham (Organ)
Date of Recording: 1966 Norwich Cathedral

82. Pastels (3), Op. 92: no 3 in F sharp major by Sigfrid Karg-Elert
Heathcote Statham (Organ)
Date of Recording: 1966 Norwich Cathedral

83. La nativité du Seigneur: no 9, Dieu parmi nous by Olivier Messiaen
Arthur Wills (Organ)
Date of Recording: 4/1967 Ely Cathedral

84. Pieces (10) for Organ: no 8, Scherzo in E major/G minor by Eugene Gigout
Arthur Wills (Organ)
Date of Recording: 4/1967 Ely Cathedral

85. Pieces (10) for Organ: no 4, Toccata in B minor by Eugene Gigout
Arthur Wills (Organ)
Date of Recording: 4/1967 Ely Cathedral

86. Finale for Organ in B flat major, Op. 21 by César Franck
Arthur Wills (Organ)
Date of Recording: 4/1967 Ely Cathedral

87. Variations on a Noël for Organ, Op. 20 by Marcel Dupré
Arthur Wills (Organ)
Date of Recording: 4/1967 Ely Cathedral

88. Pièces de fantaisie - Suite no 4, Op. 55: 4th movement, Naiades by Louis Vierne
Arthur Wills (Organ)
Date of Recording: 4/1967 Ely Cathedral

89. Introduction and Allegro by Arthur Wills
Arthur Wills (Organ)
Date of Recording: 4/1967 Ely Cathedral

90. Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 547 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Christopher Robinson (Organ)
Date of Recording: 11/1967 Worcester Cathedral

91. Sonatas (6) for Organ, Op. 65: no 3 in A major by Felix Mendelssohn
Christopher Robinson (Organ)
Date of Recording: 11/1967 Worcester Cathedral

92. Chorale Preludes (10) for Organ, Op. 39: no 2, Herders, hij is geboren by Flor Peeters
Christopher Robinson (Organ)
Date of Recording: 11/1967 Worcester Cathedral

93. Chorale Preludes (10) for Organ, Op. 39: no 3, Nun sei willkommen, Jesus, lieber Herr by Flor Peeters
Christopher Robinson (Organ)
Date of Recording: 11/1967 Worcester Cathedral

94. Pieces (3) for Organ: no 3 - Pièce héroïque in B minor, M 37 by César Franck
Christopher Robinson (Organ)
Date of Recording: 11/1967 Worcester Cathedral

95. Partita for Organ, Op. 19 by William Mathias
Christopher Robinson (Organ)
Date of Recording: 11/1967 Worcester Cathedral

96. Chorales (3) for Organ: no 3 in A minor, M 40 by César Franck
Nicolas Kynaston (Organ)
Date of Recording: 1/1968 Westminster Cathedral

97. Pastorale for Organ in E major, Op. 19 by César Franck
Nicolas Kynaston (Organ)
Date of Recording: 1/1968 Westminster Cathedral

98. Les corps glorieux: Combat de la mort et de la vie by Olivier Messiaen
Nicolas Kynaston (Organ)
Date of Recording: 1/1968 Westminster Cathedral

99. Pièces de fantaisie - Suite no 3, Op. 54: 6th movement, Carillon de Westminster by Louis Vierne
Nicolas Kynaston (Organ)
Date of Recording: 1/1968 Westminster Cathedral

100. Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Allan Wicks (Organ)
Date of Recording: 10/1968 Canterbury Cathedral

101. Sonatas (6) for Organ, Op. 65: no 1 in F minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Allan Wicks (Organ)
Date of Recording: 10/1968 Canterbury Cathedral

102. Epitaphs (2) for Edith Sitwell by Malcolm Williamson
Allan Wicks (Organ)
Date of Recording: 10/1968 Canterbury Cathedral

103. The Seven Last Words by Alan Ridout
Allan Wicks (Organ)
Date of Recording: 10/1968 Canterbury Cathedral

104. King Arthur, or The British Worthy, Z 628: Trumpet Tune by Henry Purcell
Christopher Dearnley (Organ)

105. Sonatas (6) for Organ, Op. 65: no 2 in C minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Christopher Dearnley (Organ)

106. Improvisations (7) for Organ, Op. 150: no 4 in A major by Camille Saint-Saëns
Christopher Dearnley (Organ)
Date of Recording: 10/1969 St. Paul's Cathedral

107. Improvisations (7) for Organ, Op. 150: no 7 in A minor by Camille Saint-Saëns
Christopher Dearnley (Organ)
Date of Recording: 10/1969 St. Paul's Cathedral

108. Organ Pieces, Book 1, H 56: no 3, Allegro marziale by Frank Bridge
Christopher Dearnley (Organ)
Date of Recording: 10/1966 St. Paul's Cathedral

109. Royal Fanfares (6): no 2, Fanfare for the Bride by Sir Arthur Bliss
Christopher Dearnley (Organ)
Date of Recording: 10/1966 St. Paul's Cathedral

110. Royal Fanfares (6): no 1, The Sovereign's Fanfare by Sir Arthur Bliss
Christopher Dearnley (Organ)
Date of Recording: 10/1966 St. Paul's Cathedral

111. Royal Fanfares (6): no 5, Wedding Fanfare by Sir Arthur Bliss
Christopher Dearnley (Organ)
Date of Recording: 10/1969 St. Paul's Cathedral

112. Psalm-Preludes (3) for Organ, Set 1, Op. 32: no 1, Psalm 34 - Verse 6 by Herbert Howells
Christopher Dearnley (Organ)
Date of Recording: 10/1969 St. Paul's Cathedral

113. Variations for Organ on "America" by Charles Ives
Christopher Dearnley (Organ)
Date of Recording: 10/1969 St. Paul's Cathedral

114. Sonatas (6) for Organ, Op. 65: no 5 in D major by Felix Mendelssohn
Philip Marshall (Organ)
Date of Recording: 8/1969 ?Lincoln Cathedral

115. Chorale Preludes (11) for Organ, Op. 122: no 8, Es ist ein Ros entsprungen by Johannes Brahms
Philip Marshall (Organ)
Date of Recording: 8/1969 ?Lincoln Cathedral

116. Chorale Preludes (11) for Organ, Op. 122: no 11, O Welt, ich muss dich lassen by Johannes Brahms
Philip Marshall (Organ)
Date of Recording: 8/1969 Lincoln Cathedral

117. Chorale Preludes (11) for Organ, Op. 122: no 10, Herzlich tut mich verlangen by Johannes Brahms
Philip Marshall (Organ)
Date of Recording: 8/1969 Lincoln Cathedral

118. Preludes (16) for Organ: no 1, St Mary's by Charles Wood
Philip Marshall (Organ)
Date of Recording: 8/1969 Lincoln Cathedral

119. Organ Pieces, Book 1, H 56: no 1, Allegretto grazioso by Frank Bridge
Philip Marshall (Organ)
Date of Recording: 8/1969 Lincoln Cathedral

120. Organ Pieces, Book 2, H 139: no 2, Andantino by Frank Bridge
Philip Marshall (Organ)
Date of Recording: 8/1969 Lincoln Cathedral

121. Fantasia and Fugue for Organ in G major, Op. 188 by Charles Hubert Parry
Philip Marshall (Organ)
Date of Recording: 8/1969 Lincoln Cathedral

122. Sonatas (6) for Organ, Op. 65: no 4 in B flat major by Felix Mendelssohn
Roger Fisher (Organ)
Date of Recording: 1/1970 Chester Cathedral

123. Voluntaries (10) for Organ, book 3, Op. 7: no 7 in E minor by John Stanley
Roger Fisher (Organ)
Date of Recording: 1/1970 Chester Cathedral

124. Prelude and Fugue in G minor, BWV 535 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Roger Fisher (Organ)
Date of Recording: 1/1970 Chester Cathedral

125. Sonata for Organ in C minor "94th Psalm" by Julius Reubke
Roger Fisher (Organ)
Date of Recording: 1/1970 Chester Cathedral

126. Chorale Fantasias (3) for Organ, Op. 52: no 3, Hallelujah! Gott zu loben, bliebe meine Seelenfreud by Max Reger
Fernando Germani (Organ)
Date of Recording: 7/1961 Selby Abbey

127. Grande pièce symphonique for Organ, Op. 17 by César Franck
Brian Runnett (Organ)
Date of Recording: 1967 Norwich Cathedral

128. Fugue for Organ in A flat minor, WoO 8 by Johannes Brahms
Brian Runnett (Organ)
Date of Recording: 1967 Norwich Cathedral

129. Chorale Fantasias (2) for Organ, Op. 40: no 2, Straf mich nicht in deinem Zorn by Max Reger
Brian Runnett (Organ)
Date of Recording: 1967 Norwich Cathedral
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 26 November 2011
I collected several LPs in this series during the early 1970s and was delighted to see this CD version appear on the Priory Records website, from whence I bought it.

I put disc 1 on in the car recently and was absolutely blown away by the quality and sheer power of that opening Mozart F minor chord. I simply couldn't stop shivering at the thrill of hearing a "vintage" recording I thought I was unlikely to hear again. I had never, ever before experienced the clarity and quality of recording (yes OK there would have been surface noise on a vinyl LP), which was here achieved on CD. This, together with Noel Rawsthorne's sheer brilliance, made for stunning listening. Much the same can be said of the York Minster recording, on which the Tuba (Mirabilis)really cuts through the rest of the texture in a way I'd not noticed before. I remember my School Music Department had this LP in the 1960s and it never sounded quite as good then as it does now. I look forward to further treats from CD 3 onwards.

This is a boxed set I thoroughly recommend; although I paid more for it than I would have done at Amazon I think it is truly remarkable value for money.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 14 November 2012
This is the most amazing set of organ recordings. I got a few of them when they were first published on LP and I have been waiting for re-issue on CD ever since the CD medium was invented!

On LP their brilliance both as recordings and performances and also the splendid range of music was always a little compromised for me by the limitations of LPs with the crackling in the quiet bits and the potential for distortion in the loud bits. The CD versions remove totally these problems and we are able to really experience a remarkable series of recitals which come close to the live experience thanks to the totally brilliant recordings made by Brian Culverhouse. For me, Mr Culverhouse's recordings have never been surpassed.

I was amazed to see some comments complaining about 'penny pinching' on behalf of EMI. This is extraordinary as the cost of the well filled discs is just £2 each and unlike in some boxed sets, each disc is enclosed in a nice quality cardboard sleeve with a beautiful photo of the relevant Cathedral on the front and the music tracks and timings on the back. Added to all this is a CD-ROM with the full specification of all the organs along with articles about the series of recordings.

Anyone who loves organ music should buy this set!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 21 January 2012
Great selection of music, very varied. High quality sound and a pleasure to listen to. A good buy, excellent service
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 14 December 2013
This marvellous boxed set, comprising a grand total of thirteen C.D.'s performed on British Cathedral instruments, is simply a 'must-have' item for any serious enthusiast of organ music and constitutes what I believe to be an absolute bargain !

The first L.P. in this series played by Noel Rawsthorne was initially issued in 1963, when I was still a young chorister at my local Anglican church. Many years later, I fortunately managed to obtain a few of these remarkable records as finances permitted, but never succeeded in collecting the entire series.

In all reality, when digital Compact Discs were first released in 1982, I never dreamt for one moment that the complete set of original recordings (and some other pieces that regrettably never made it to the 'final cut') would EVER become available as a set of C.D.'s.

Some of us have patiently waited 29 years for EMI to finally complete this massive project, but huge congratulations must surely go to Brian Culverhouse for undertaking the monumental task of producing all these recordings in the first place during the 1960's and once during 1970. Compliments are also due to Christopher Parker and Stuart Eltham, whom I believe were the balance engineer(s) on many occasions.

Some years before this set of C.D.'s was issued, I was fortunate enough to speak with Mr. Culverhouse and mentioned it seemed a great shame that the original recordings had never been issued on C.D., to which he replied that he "thought that there would possibly not be much interest nowadays". Well, miracles clearly do happen sometimes, or so it would seem !!!

Respect is also due to the rest of the production staff and especially to the talented team of re-mastering engineers, who have done such a superb job of editing and then transferring the analogue master-tapes to C.D.

As many other reviewers have mentioned, I find it infinitely preferable to hear these C.D.'s for the first time, without having to suffer the distracting and continuous background noise of 'pops' and 'crackles' which typically afflict the surface of vinyl L.P.'s.
There is admittedly some audible tape overload distortion on a few occasions, as well as some tape hiss (plus wind occasionally escaping from leaking bellows), but let's face it, this is about the nearest that the listener will ever get to having actually been there during each recording session.

Personal highlights for me in no particular order are:

1) Conrad Eden inside a freezing Durham Cathedral 'with hot water bottles strapped to his midriff and wearing mittens', memorably playing Siegfried Karg-Elert's 'Homage to Handel Op.75' whilst making the most of those magnificent pedal reeds
2) Dr. Francis Jackson at York Minster performing Norman Cocker's infamous 'Tuba* Tune' (the stop* of which I'm reliably informed can be heard from the bus-station !!)
3) Dr. Philip Marshall at Lincoln Cathedral playing Charles Wood's 'Prelude on St. Mary' No.1 plus Sir Hubert Parry's stirring Fantasia and Fugue in G, Op.188
4) Dear old Herbert Sumsion at Gloucester Cathedral playing Sir Edward Elgar's Sonata in G Op.28 and finally:
5) Dr. Christopher Dearnley at St. Paul's Cathedral playing Sir Arthur Bliss's 'The Sovereign's Fanfare' & also 'A Wedding Fanfare'

As a matter of interest, some people may be surprised to learn that prior to the 1972-1977 rebuild of the organ at St. Paul's Cathedral by the firm of Noel Mander & Co, the console was 'buried' INSIDE the actual north chancel organ case, behind the pipework.

During a specially arranged visit, members of an organisation to which I belonged at the time were granted the very special privilege of climbing up to the console in small numbers, whilst Dr. Dearnley demonstrated the instrument. The ONLY clue that an organist had to what was vaguely happening in the main part of the building was from a small sliding porthole facing towards the west end, which could be opened or closed as desired....extraordinary, but true !

Buy this collection with absolute confidence and you'll never regret doing so. Highly recommended.*****
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 29 October 2011
I bought this through amazon.it for 27 euros which was even more of a bargain than the amazon.co.uk price. But that apart, this is a most wonderful collection for anyone who loves the sound of a big British organ in a big acoustic. I had the Gloucester LP years and years ago for the recording of the Elgar Sonata, so this cd brought back many happy memories of that. It arrived only yesterday and I've dipped into several of the cds and they are just what I had hoped for. If you want to see the list of the repertoire before buying, just put the title into Google and you'll find everything listed. The recording quality is superb. There is real presence. I am absolutely delighted with this set and I'm sure lots of others with tastes similar to mine will feel the same!
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on 16 January 2015
Like many other reviewers, as I started to learn to play the organ at school in the 50s, I bought some of these on LP as I could afford them but did not manage the full set. Years later I tried to fill the gaps - York Minster, Coventry, Durham, St Giles, Llandaff, Salisbury, Norwich, Westminster Cathedral, St Paul's, Lincoln and Chester - without success. I always regretted in particular not having St Giles as a cousin of my mother with whom I was very friendly was a friend of Herrick Bunney and often spoke about him ("Bunny" was my nickname at school!!) and Norwich as I heard several recitals on the radio by Brian Runnett who became organist there and was a very fine organist and tragically died young in a car accident. I was therefore amazed and delighted to see the complete series on CD and purchased them without delay. The CDs arrived within 2 days of ordering, so full marks to Amazon!

I still played the LPs that I had but the distortion on the loud passages and the inevitable toll of small scratches over the years made listening a questionable pleasure. The sound on the CDs is absolutely amazing and who would guess hearing them that the recordings were made some 50 years ago! I nearly leaped out of my chair when I heard the Tuba at York in the Bossi Scherzo, the Cocker Tuba Tune and the Healey Willan, despite the warning from another reviewer!! What an absolutely thrilling sound!! Since some of the organs featured have since been rebuilt or indeed totally replaced, it is wonderful to have the sounds of the organs as they were in the 60s. I often went to Worcester Cathedral in the 60s when the superb team of Christopher Robinson and Harry Bramma reigned and loved the old Hope-Jones organ for all its faults. Nowadays maybe it should have been preserved as a historical organ built by an eccentric genius but history did not allow it. I was always thrilled by the sound of the rising pedal passage towards the end of the first movement of the Mendelssohn 3rd Sonata on the Worcester recording and now it thrills me even more with the clarity of the CD sound. I never heard the old St. Giles organ - I've heard the new Rieger instrument which is staggeringly loud but, fine and reliable though it is, I think I would have preferred the Willis it replaced. The fine Harrison instrument at Gloucester has also been subjected to a number of changes, virtually destroying the character of the old instrument. The organ of Coventry Cathedral was then of course brand new!

A bonus which I hadn't anticipated is the CD which includes the specifications of the organs as well as a track listing and the interesting essays by Brian Culverhouse and Graham Barber, an excellent substitute for an accompanying booklet.

Nearly all of the organists featured have now retired and quite a few are of course no longer with us. Many were great characters as well as fine musicians and I am so pleased to have this record of their abilities.

I can thoroughly recommend this collection to any organ lover. I have to say that my particular organ love centres around the organs of Cavaille Coll and the bulk of my CD collection is of French organs with predominantly 19th and 20th century French music. But the Great Cathedral Organ series is a wonderful treat to have on CD. As I lament the way the character of so many wonderful Cavaille Coll organs has been regrettably changed in the pursuit of contemporary taste, so this collection reminds me how it would have been wiser to preserve the character of the 19th century cathedral organs of a genius such as Henry Willis: if you want to hear and play Bach authentically, go to Germany or the Netherlands where there are wonderful suitable organs by Silbermann, Schnitgar and so on, rather than wreck a superb Romantic instrument!! Fortunately, this CD collection allows us to hear these organs before some of the more damaging alterations have taken place!
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on 24 December 2011
Having been an avid collector of the LP's I finally completed the set just a few years ago so when I saw this collection become available I immediately requested it for Christmas and thankfully it turned up for my Birthday (22nd December) However I think there are some misgivings and shortsightedness from EMI.

Cramming 19 LP's into 13 CD's was the wrong way to go. Each album should have had its own front and back cover, or at the very least put all the artwork onto the CD ROM. The back covers are included but for those of us that are totally OCD with iTunes this has been a disappointing omission.

Also the gracenote database media details are all to cock when loading and hasn't been thought through well enough.

However for the minor negativities this is a welcome addition to any serious collectors' series and it has been a joy to listen to without all the crackles and scrapes from my LP's. I was asked will I know sell on my LP's? Not a chance in a million.

If anyone from EMI is reading this please make the front cover artwork available and make this collection a 5 star collection, at the moment its hovering at 4.9.
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on 29 December 2012
I can only join the chorus of praise her. Most of these performers were my great inspirations in the 60s and 70s. Their quality will surely stand for ever as a mixture of knowledge, technique and sheer dedication to the art of organ performance. Today a few may sneer at an absence of "authenticity" in some of the performance styles, especially the baroque. But surely if you have a cathedral instrument at your disposal you wish to treat it as your equal partner. Purcell transcriptions (with some 32' pedal!) sound thrilling on the Liverpool organ and are fully justified in sonic terms. You can always sit at home and play them on the harpsichord if your conscience troubles you!!!

Thank you EMI - I hope these boxes just sell and sell. A most commendable issue!
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on 7 January 2013
Excellent seller.fast delivery.bought for my dad for a christmas present, its always difficult to find gifts for him,but organs are a passion as he was an apprentice organ builder when he left school.he was well pleased when he opened this.
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