A Shropshire Idyll
REGDVD 002 - 0802561000280
A specially-tailored programme to showcase the historic stops by Snetzler, as well as the more recent additions in the 19th and 20th centuries. The performance includes Elgar’s monumental Sonata in G, op 28, and a stunning demonstration of supreme virtuosity in Nyman’s Fourths, Mostly, written for Thomas Trotter.
The DVD features a performance video of the programme including footage of the church, Ludlow, and the surrounding countryside, and the music is accompanied by quotations from the works of A E Housman.
In extra features Thomas Trotter talks about the music he performs on the recording, and Shaun Ward, Director of Music at St Laurence’s Church, gives a tour of the organ.
An audio CD of the performance programme is also included.
What the press say...
‘Trotter operates with a sleight of hand that’s as slick as a conjurer’s....The performances are everything one has come to expect from one of the world’s greatest organists, notable for their clarity, rhythmic buoyancy, stylistic taste, imaginative colouring – and the ability to amaze.’ Gramophone February 2012
" Thalben-Ball's spectacular Variations on a theme of Paganini for pedals, in which Trotter shows just what can be achieved with some slick footwork and a pair of sensible shoes. It's a clever, resourceful work and an amazing party- piece, with glissandos and three- and four-part harmony being the most extraordinary techniques rarely requested of a musician's feet. Trotter's playing here, as throughout the disc is impressive: exciting and delivered with flair without ever being flashy" International Record Review December 2011