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Thomas Trotter at Manchester Cathedral

Tom Redmond presents a concert given by organist Thomas Trotter on the new organ by Kenneth Tickell at Manchester Cathedral.

Tom Redmond presents a concert given by Thomas Trotter to mark the completion of Manchester Cathedral's new organ.

This new organ, built by Kenneth Tickell, is designed with a mechanical key action and is mounted on the screen, as pre-war organs were. Thomas Trotter gives the first performance of a major new work on it, written specially for him by Francis Pott: 'La chiesa del sole - in memoriam John Scott'. Dedicated to "the happy memory" of Scott - organist, choir director and Pott's Cambridge contemporary - it's a powerful new addition to a noble tradition. The concert also includes one of the cornerstones of the organ repertoire, Reubke's Sonata on the 94th Psalm. In the form of a dramatic tone-poem for organ based upon the verses of Psalm 94, it's heavily influenced heavily by the Fantasia and Fugue on 'Ad nos, ad salutarem undam' of his composition teacher, Liszt. It ends in a blaze of terrifying and vengeful fervour and is a work of astonishing maturity for a 23-year-old. The programme opens and closes with the 16th-century book of Danserye by Tielman Susato - publisher of Orlande de Lassus and composer of accomplished works that lend themselves to any instrument - and arrangements of Mendelssohn.

Susato arr. Thomas Trotter: Danserye
Francis Pott: La chiesa del sole - in memoriam John Scott


Reubke: Sonata on the 94th Psalm
Mendelssohn: Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream, arr. S Warren
Mendelssohn: St Paul - overture, arr. W T Best

Thomas Trotter: organ.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music and featured items

  • Part 1

    Duration: 52:42

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Toccata and fugue in D minor BWV.538 (Dorian)

    Performer: Thomas Trotter.
  • Tielman Susato

    Suite of Dances from The Danserye

    Performer: Thomas Trotter. Music Arranger: Thomas Trotter.
  • Francis Pott

    La Chiesa del Sole - in memoriam John Scott

    Performer: Thomas Trotter.
  • Interval

    Duration: 20:32

  • Marcel Dupré

    Esquisse no.1 in e minor Op.41 no.2

    Performer: John Scott.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Concerto in G minor for organ, string orchestra and timpani (extract)

    Performer: Thomas Trotter. Performer: Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Arvo Volmer.
    • ATOLL.
  • Part 2

    Duration: 50:29

  • Julius Reubke

    Sonata on Psalm 94 in C minor

    Performer: Thomas Trotter.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    A Midsummer night's dream Op.61 - Scherzo

    Performer: Thomas Trotter.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    St Paul (Overture)

    Performer: Thomas Trotter.
  • Charles‐Marie Widor

    Symphony no. 5 in F minor Op.42'1 (Toccata)

    Performer: Thomas Trotter.
  • Post-concert

    Duration: 29:16

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Keyboard Concerto No.1 in D minor, BWV1052

    Performer: Andreas Staier. Orchestra: Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. Director: Petra Müllejans.


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