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Peter Hurford


Been trained in both music and law, Peter Hurford offers loved an enviable reputation for both his organ playing and his musical scholarship. The second option offers produced not merely revised suggestions about overall performance of early music, but additionally different notions concerning the construction from the instruments where such music should be performed. His considerable recordings for the Decca label (previously, London Records in america) have exceeded into the world from the famous and his live shows have attracted reviews that are positive, in addition to stimulating numerous conversations regarding overall performance practice as well as the artwork of body organ building. After preliminary research with Harold Darke, the popular and much-respected British organist and composer, Hurford go through both music and legislation at Jesus University, Cambridge University or college, graduating with dual levels. Through research in Paris using the blind French organist André Marchal, Hurford explored the music from the Baroque period, with a specific focus on J.S. Bach as well as the French experts, and he obtained something of his teacher’s brilliance as an improviser. His very own singular notions of genuine performing design also took type in those days and were shortly regularly implemented prior to the open public once he previously received a scheduled appointment as music get better at at St. Albans Abbey in 1958. There, he experimented, rebuilt the body organ to adhere to his convictions, and shortly begun to attract the eye of other British organists unsatisfied with the original and frequently heavy-handed Baroque design customarily noticed in British churches. By 1963, Hurford’s stature permitted the immediate achievement from the International Body organ Celebration he devised for St. Albans. There, organists and body organ scholars could actually gather to listen to and discuss shows and talk about scholarly findings relating to performance style, enrollment, repertory, and viewers building. Winners of tournaments on the St. Albans Celebration have got included such worldwide virtuosos as Gillian Weir and Thomas Trotter. Many a competition counted himself lucky to have obtained an autographed duplicate of Hurford’s recordings of Bach’s full body organ works. After years at St. Albans, Hurford resigned to satisfy the demand for single performances. By that point, his recordings got produced his name a familiar one also to those that had not noticed him in live show. Furthermore to his concert performances, Hurford begun to devote time and energy to teaching and produced himself a pleasant visiting scholar in various venues, specifically in Britain and america. After having exercised his concepts during several years of lecturing and efficiency, Hurford constructed them in created form in his publication Making Music for the Body organ, released in 1988. The easy, direct name conceals an abundance of carefully regarded as problems and effective answers to them. Hurford also accomplished some renown like a composer of body organ functions and choral items. Mainly dating from his St. Albans years, a few of them are flowingly lyrical while some are joyously cartoon. All reveal Hurford’s skill and inclinations as an improviser. Hurford’s largest documenting project was gaining disc the entire body organ functions of Bach, a task that started in the 1970s. The entire set continues to be available (right now in remastered sound) with an inferior, two-disc group of shows. Another double-disc group of body organ people by Couperin can be a seminal concern. Hurford’s often-brisk tempi and selection of registration decidedly transformed body organ performance; both units demonstrate why.

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Full Name Peter Hurford
Profession Organist
Education Royal College of Music, Jesus College, Cambridge, University of Cambridge
Nationality British
Music Songs Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565, Litany to the Holy Spirit, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645, Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, In dulci jubilo, Fantasia in G major, BWV 572, Fugue in G minor, Marche Triomphale: Nun Danket Alle Gott, Op.65, Erbarm' dich mein, o Herre Gott, BWV 721, Herzlich Tut Mich Verlangen, BWV 727, Erschienen ist der herrliche Tag, Prelude and Fugue on the Name B-A-C-H, S. 260, Das alte Jahr vergangen ist, Saint-Saëns: Symphony No.3 in C Minor, Op.78, R.176 - "Organ Symphony" - 2b. Maestoso - Più allegro - Molto allegro, J.S. Bach: Passacaglia in C minor, BWV 582, Trumpet Voluntary, Lob sei dem allmächtigen Gott, Hindemith: Organ Sonata No.2 - 1. Lebhaft, Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, Buxtehude: Prelude, Fugue and Ciacona in C, BuxWV 137, Clarke: Clarke: Trumpet Voluntary, Vom Himmel kam der Engel Schar, Helft mir, Gottes Güte preisen, Wie nach einer Wasserquelle, J.S. Bach: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659, Wedding March, Ach, bleib' bei uns, Da Jesus an dem Kreuze stund, Ach, Gott und Herr, Auf meinen lieben Gott, BWV 744, Suite gothique, op. 25: IV. Toccata, Nun laßt uns den Leib begraben
Albums Famous Organ Works, Romantic Organ Music, Organ Concertos (feat. organ: Peter Hurford), Mendelssohn: Organ Works, Symphony No. 3 "Organ", Bach, J.S.: The Organ Works (17 CDs), Baroque Organ Music, 3 Chorals, Hindemith: Organ Sonatas, Franck: 3 Chorals; Pastorale; Prélude, Fugue et Variation, The Organ Works, Volume 6, Saint-Saens: Sinfonie Nr.3 "Orgelsinfonie", Mozart: Complete Church Sonatas, Peter Hurford Plays Bach, Handel: Dixit Dominus / Laudate pueri Dominum / Organ Concerto "The Cuckoo and the Nightingale", Krebs: Chorales & Fantasias, Romantic Organ Works, Soler: Six Concertos for Two Organs, Organ Spectacular, Toccata & Fugue, Toccata, J.S. Bach: Organ Concertos, Bach: Organ Works (Classic FM: The Full Works), The Organ Works, Saint-Saens: Organ Symphony; Poulenc: Organ Concerto, Organ Favourites, Trumpet Voluntary: Music for Organ and Brass (Peter Hurford, Michael Laird Brass Ensemble), Organ Spectacular (Classic FM: The Full Works), Saint Saens: Carnival of The The Animals / Organ Symphony (Classic FM: The Full Works), Handel: Dixit Dominus, Organ Concerto No. 13, Laudate Pueri, Great Organ Masterworks, J. S. Bach - The Organ Works, Vol. 5 disc 3 (feat. Peter Hurford, organ), Poulenc: Piano Concerto; Concerto For Two Pianos; Organ Concerto, Romantische Orgelmusik (Eloquence), Organ Concertos, op. 4, Bach Organ Works, Symphonie Nr. 3: Orgel-Symphonie, Trumpet Voluntary

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