The Alexandra Palace Organ: Complete HMV Recordings | Willowhayne Records MUSHOS0121

The Alexandra Palace Organ: Complete HMV Recordings


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Label: Willowhayne Records

Cat No: MUSHOS0121

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 11th November 2022



Walter G Alcock (organ)
George D Cunningham (organ)
Marcel Dupre (organ)
Herbert Ellingford (organ)
Reginald Goss-Custard (organ)
George Thalben-Ball (organ)


Bach, Johann Sebastian

Cantata BWV29 'Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir'
» Sinfonia (arr. for organ)
Chorale Prelude BWV615 'In dir ist Freude'
Chorale Prelude BWV736 'Valet will ich dir geben'
Prelude and Fugue in C minor, BWV546
Prelude and Fugue in E minor, BWV548
Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV564
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV538 'Dorian'
» Toccata

Elgar, Edward

Organ Sonata no.1 in G major, op.28
» I Allegro maestoso

Franck, Cesar

Prelude, Fugue and Variation, op.18
» Prelude

Karg-Elert, Sigfrid

In dulci jubilo, op.75 no.2
Wie schon leucht' uns der Morgenstern, op.65 no.44

MacDowell, Edward

Sea Pieces, op.55
» no.3 A.D. MDCXX
Woodland Sketches, op.51
» no.1 To a Wild Rose

Phillips, Montague

A Forest Melody

Saint-Saens, Camille

Carnival of the Animals
» The Swan (arr. for organ)

Sibelius, Jean

Finlandia, op.26 (arr. for organ)


An Old Church Legend

Wagner, Richard

Die Walkure
» Ride of the Valkyries (trans. for organ)
» Wedding March (arr. for organ)
» Grand March (arr. for organ)

Wesley, Samuel Sebastian

Holsworthy Church Bells

Wheeldon, Herbert Arthur

Minster Bells

Widor, Charles-Marie

Organ Symphony no.5 in F minor, op.42 no.1
» I Allegro vivace
Organ Symphony no.6 in G minor, op.42 no.2
» I Allegro
Organ Symphony no.8 in B major, op.42 no.4
» Finale


Walter G Alcock (organ)
George D Cunningham (organ)
Marcel Dupre (organ)
Herbert Ellingford (organ)
Reginald Goss-Custard (organ)
George Thalben-Ball (organ)


This release 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 HMV used it for the records on this release fresh from the 1929 rebuild in 1930/1. Marcel Dupré 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 the other artists.

For the first time, the original 78rpm 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, so you can hear the voicing of the organ and the Palace's 'then' unique acoustic clarity.

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