Great European Organs No. 60


Adrian Partington plays the Willis Organ of Reading Town Hall
"Father" Henry Willis built an organ for the Town Hall in Reading, England, in 1864, then enlarged and rebuilt it in 1882 for the much enlarged and remodelled hall. Very few changes occurred to the organ over the years, except that its pitch was changed in 1947. Now, a thorough restoration that is worthy of the term is complete after ten years, returning the organ entirely to its 1882 state, including reinstatement of the original pitch and total restoration of all of the original mechanical and tonal characteristics. The work was completed in late 1999 by Harrison & Harrison, and this recording was made in January, 2000, by the superb British organist Adrian Partington, with a program ideally suited to the organ.

Andrew Carter
Trumpet Tune Aria for Organ

Max Reger
Phantasie über den Choral "Wachet Auf!"

Edwin Lemare
Intermezzo "Moonlight"

William Wolsenholme
Toccata in B flat

Mark Blatchly
Variations on the Agincourt Song

Aaron Copland

Samuel Barber
Variations on a Shape-note Hymn (Wondrous Love)

Hugh Blair
Sunset Hour

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Height 6.00
Depth 1.00


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