James O'Donnell plays Bach, Purcell and Handel on The Queen's Organ
Handel Organ Concerto Op 4 no 5 in F
Sweelinck Variations on ‘Est-ce Mars le grand Dieu des alarmes?’ SwWV 321
Bull Salve regina
Byrd Fantasia in C ‘for My Lady Nevell’
Purcell Voluntary for double organ Z 719
JS Bach Concerto in A minor BWV 593
JS Bach Fantasia in G (Pièce d’orgue) BWV 572
Mendelssohn Sonata Op 65 no 4 in B flat
James O'Donnell organ
The Abbey's Organist and Master of the Choristers puts the Lady Chapel Organ through its paces in a recital programme of Bach, Purcell, Handel and others. The 13-stop organ, commissioned in honour of the sixtieth anniversary of The Queen's Coronation, was installed permanently in the Lady Chapel in 2013 and this is the first recording made on the instrument in its Abbey home.
"This recital … is dazzling both in its technical virtuosity and in the kaleidoscopic exploration of the instrument's tonal palette."
- Barry Millington (Chief Music Critic, Evening Standard)
The biggest challenge we face is actually time – getting all our work done alongside the daily routine of the Abbey as a working church, visitor attraction and home to 1,000 years of history.