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Royal Festival Hall Organ Recital - Margaret Phillips

From the Royal Festival Hall, a solo organ recital by Margaret Phillips Hall for the Southbank Centre's International Organ Series. With Grigny, Bach, Durufle, Guillou and Dupre.

Recorded at the Royal Festival Hall

Margaret Phillips returns to Royal Festival Hall as part of the Southbank's International Organ Series.

In a mostly French programme she contrasts music from the 20th century with a work by a composer from the French baroque, Nicolas de Grigny, who was organist at Rheims cathedral. Jean Guillou's colourful Variations explore the nethermost regions of the Royal Festival Hall organ's vast tonal resources, and the Duruflé work is one of the most beautiful 20th century additions to the organ's repertoire. Bach's Piece d'Orgue completes the programme - a work in which he pays homage to the French baroque style.

Nicolas de Grigny: Veni creator
Johann Sebastian Bach: Fantasia in G (Piece d'orgue) BWV.572
Maurice Duruflé: Prelude, adagio et choral varié sur le thème du Veni creator, Op.4

Interval - Interval music

Jean Guillou: 18 Variations, Op.3
Marcel Dupré: Prelude and Fugue in G minor, Op.7 No.3

The glorious sound of the Royal Festival Hall organ was first heard in March 1954. Sixty years later, in 2014, it was restored to its former glory by Harrison & Harrison Ltd. This organ series looks both to the history and the future of this fascinating instrument.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Nicolas de Grigny

    Veni Creator

    Performer: Margaret Phillips.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Fantasia in G, BWV572

    Performer: Margaret Phillips.
  • Maurice Duruflé

    Prelude, adagio et chorale varie sur le theme du Veni Creator, Op.4

    Performer: Margaret Phillips.
  • Maurice Duruflé

    4 motets sur themes Gregoriens

    Choir: Les Elements Chamber Choir. Director: Joël Suhubiette.
  • Francis Poulenc

    4 Petite Prieres de Saint francoise d’Assise

    Choir: Westminster Cathedral Choir. Director: James OʼDonnell.
  • Jean Guillou

    18 Variations. Op.3

    Performer: Margaret Phillips.
  • Marcel Dupré

    Prelude and Fugue in G minor, Op.7 No.3

    Performer: Margaret Phillips.
  • Toon Hagen


    Performer: Margaret Phillips.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Piano concerto No.1 in E minor Op.11

    Performer: Maria João Pires. Orchestra: Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Armin Jordan.
    • Erato.


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