The Willis Organ of St. Mary’s Espiscopal Cathedral is organist’s Wayne Marshall’s second album on Base2 Music at NativeDSD. It follows his earlier release Passion Symphony, a Pure DSD release.
During the 2021 Edinburgh festival, Wayne Marshall OBE came to conduct the show A Grand Night for Singing by Rodgers and Hammerstein. St. Mary’s Episcopal cathedral heard Wayne was in town and invited him to perform a recital on the Father Willis organ, restored by Harrison and Harrison in 2020. The main piece on the album is the ‘Prelude and Fugue in D Major’ by Bratislavan composer Franz Schmidt. The Pastoral by Jean Roger-Ducasse is only on this Stereo and 5.1 Channel Surround Sound DSD edition, and a live recording with audience of an improvisation by Wayne Marshall on two Scottish themes.
The album was recorded in DXD in Stereo and 5.1 Surround Sound. It is available at NativeDSD.Com in Stereo and 5.1 Channel Surround Sound DSD 256, DSD 128, DSD 64 and DXD plus Stereo DSD 512. The DSD 256, DSD 128 and DXD editions of the album are exclusively available from NativeDSD.
Wayne Marshall – Organist
Total time: 00:35:57
DSD 512 fs, DSD 256 fs, DSD 128 fs, DSD 64 fs, DXD 24 Bit, FLAC 192 kHz, FLAC 96 kHz
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|Release Date||October 7, 2022|
Base2 Music, located in West Sussex, UK, is a fairly new label, founded in 2017 by owner, producer and recording engineer, Jake Purches. Jake captured my attention because he’s been focusing on a love of mine: well recorded organ music on some of the great organs around the world with internationally respected musicians. In this recording, the huge Willis organ of St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh is put through its paces by a master. British conductor, organist and pianist Wayne Marshall was Chief Conductor of WDR Funkhausorchester Cologne and Organist and Associate Artist of the Bridgewater Hall. As an organ recitalist, he performs worldwide with a varied repertoire. Marshall explores just about every facet of the massive instrument, comprehensively restored by Harrison and Harrison in 2020. The three pieces on this album were recorded in a live recital during the 2021 Edinburgh festival. Marshall is a bold, commanding organist with brilliant technique. I will be seeking out more of his work. The recording is full bandwidth: 16Hz – 40kHz. For those with multi-channel capabilities, the 5.1 surround edition has a .1 subwoofer track. That should be a blast!
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