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.