Festive Fantasia



Thomas Heywood

Masterworks for any Festive Occasion!

The 2010 Forster & Nicolaus Grand Organ
St Florin’s Church, Koblenz
Germany  

This spectacular programme includes the best music for the Festive Season in a uniquely cross-cultural programme not only for Christmas - but for any festive occasion!  A real Festive Fantasia! 

The stunning Grand Organ in Koblenz’s famous Florinskirche, one of Germany’s grandest new organs, is set in a glorious acoustic; this amazing instrument weighs 16 tonnes.  This true "King of Instruments" fills the building - and the recording - with power, majesty and awe! 

With some works never before recorded, Festive Fantasia is packed with treats - just like any present should be!  The perfect gift for loved ones at any time of the year.   

Programme highlights include:

Lux’s Concert Fantasia on "O Sanctissima"
Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah
Best’s Christmas Fantasy on Old English Carols
Lefebure-Wely’s Adeste fideles - O come, all ye faithful
West’s Fantasy on two well-known Christmas Carols
Dubois’ March of the Magi Kings and the Toccata in G major
Karg-Elert’s Now thank we all our God 
Karg-Elert’s In dulci jubilo

And much more!

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Full Programme:

Friedrich Lux, edited by Dr Albert Lister Peace
Fantaisie de Concert sur “O Sanctissima”, Op. 29

John Ebenezer West
Fantasy on two well-known Christmas Carols
The First Nowell - Good King Wenceslas

Louis Lefébure-Wély, transcribed by Alfred Whittingham
Venite adoremus: “Adeste fideles” (Chant de Noel)
O come, all ye Faithful

George Frideric Handel, trans. W.T. Best
Hallelujah Chorus from the Oratorio Messiah

William Thomas Best
A Christmas Fantasy on Old English Carols for Christmas-tide
God rest you merry, Gentlemen - A Virgin most pure - The Babe of Bethlehem -
A rare song in praise of Christmas, A.D. 1660 -
Finale: Christ was born in Bethlehem; Ye Chimes; The Boar’s Head Carol


Alan Gray
Fantasia on Christmas Carols
God rest you merry, Gentlemen - In dulci jubilo - The First Nowell

Arcangelo Corelli, trans. Edward John Hopkins
Pastorale from Concerto Grosso – “Christmas Concerto”, Op. 6 No. 8

Sigfrid Karg-Elert
Chorale Improvisation on “Now thank we all our God”, Op. 65

Two pieces by Théodore Dubois from Douze Pièces pour Orgue
[Twelve Pieces for Organ]
 i. March of the Magi Kings, No. 9
ii. Toccata [in G major], No. 3

Eugène Gigout
Rhapsodie sur des Noels from Dix Piéces [Ten Pieces for Organ] 

Sigfrid Karg-Elert
Chorale Improvisation on “In dulci jubilo”, Op. 75 No. 2



Cat. No.: GRCD1032
Price: $17.98 (USD)


 

Individual tracks

Best - A Christmas Fantasy on Old English Carols for Christmas-tide 
Corelli/Hopkins - Pastorale from 'Christmas' Concerto, Op. 6 No. 8 
Dubois - March of the Magi Kings from Twelve Pieces for Organ, No. 9 
Dubois - Toccata in G major from Twelve Pieces for Organ, No. 3 
Gigout - Rhapsodie sur des Noels from Ten Pieces for Organ, No. 6 
Gray - Fantasia on Christmas Carols 
Handel/Best - Hallelujah Chorus from the Oratorio Messiah 
Karg-Elert - Chorale Improvisation on 'In dulci jubilo', Op. 75 No. 2 
Karg-Elert - Chorale Improvisation on 'Now thank we all our God', Op. 65 
Lefébure-Wély/Whittingham - Venite adoremus: 'Adeste fideles' 
Lux/Peace - Fantaisie de Concert sur 'O Sanctissima', Op. 29 
West - Fantasy on two well-known Christmas Carols