The Organ Resounds
David Briggs puts the spectacular new organ at Llandaff Cathedral through its paces, featuring favourites from the French repertoire and a full-length improvised organ symphony.
David Briggs puts the spectacular new organ at Llandaff Cathedral through its paces in its first radio broadcast since the instrument was installed there in 2010. David makes the most of its sumptuous colours and room filling power in a programme that features his own version of Saint-Saëns's famous ‘Organ Symphony’ finale, Widor in prayerful mode and Dupré at his most flamboyant. Plus, David puts to the test his reputation as one of the world’s greatest exponents in the art of extemporisation. The entire second half of his programme comprises a full-length, fully improvised organ symphony; a technical and musical feat that has to be heard to be believed.
Presented by Andrew McGregor
Saint-Saëns (transc. Briggs): Finale from Symphony No.3 in C minor, Op.78
Bach: Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier BWV 731
Bach: Pièce d’orgue BWV 572
Widor: Andante sostenuto (Symphonie gothique)
Dupré: Deuxième Symphonie, Op 26
David Briggs: Symphonie improvisée on Three Welsh Themes
David Briggs (organ)