The Alexandra Palace Organ - the Complete HMV Recordings
This double cd showcases the talent of some of the world's most brilliant organists from the first half of the 20th century. The Henry Willis organ of the Alexandra Palace was a masterpiece of organ building, and HV used it for the records on this release fresh from the 1929 rebuild in 1930/1. Marcel Duprê plays mainly the works of J.S. Bach. The legendary George D. Cunningham features the music of Elgar, Bach and Widor. There is more Bach, Karg-Elert and plenty of transcriptions performed by other artists. The original 78 rpm records are presented here complete. Some are very rare and all have been painstakingly restored using state-of-the-art digital equipment. Every effort has been made not to 'over-cook' the processing so that the sound retains treble and sparkle, and you can hear the voicing of the organ and the Palace's 'then' unique acoustic.