Wayne Marshall, concert organist, pianist and conductor, brings his first Organ masterpiece to Base2 Music. The central piece is Marcel Dupré's Passion Symphony. Plus music from Messiaen, Schmidt, Baker, Villette and Widor.
The same spiritual force that drove Marcel Dupré (1886-1971) to first improvise and then write down his Passion Symphony (or SymphoniePassion, Opus 23) serves as muse for English organist and composer Wayne Marshall (b. 1961). Marshall’s focus on Dupré as a centrepiece for this recording helps illustrate how the French organ tradition evolved during the latter half of the 19th century and into the 20th. His artistry then helps preserve this tradition with painstaking reverence, but more importantly taps into its lingering power with new momentum on a fairly new instrument.
In fact, this is the first commercial recording on this instrument. Inaugurated in 2016, the Mascioni organ inside the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima, Portugal, has everything that invites inspired artists to explore the sacred side of organ music. Naturally this helps give older, familiar works new context and meaning while championing more recent composers too.
Wayne Marshall was born in 1961 and is an English pianist, organist, and conductor. He’s the Chief Conductor of WDR Funkhausorchester in Cologne and Organist and Associate Artist of the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester.
From 1971 to 1979, Wayne was a student at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester.
He won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London, which was combined with the post of Organ Scholar at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.
From 1983-84, Wayne was a post-graduate student at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna.
Recorded at the organ of Coventry Cathedral for EMI, his first recorded work was in 1990.
Around this time, Wayne started conducting. Some of the most noteworthy opera conducting achievements include Washington, Dallas, Montreal, Paris, (Opéra Comique) Rome and Dresden Semperoper.
He became Principal Guest Conductor of Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi in 2007.
He has performed many times at the BBC Proms and was a co-presenter for the Barenboim Prom in 2014.
He was the BBC Music Magazine’s Artist of the Year in 1998 and in 2010 became a Fellow of the Royal College of Music.
In 2016, Wayne received the prestigious Golden Jubilee Award in commemoration of his services to music.
Wayne is a celebrated interpreter of Gershwin, Bernstein, and other 20th-century American composers.