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New Organ CD

César Franck - Organ Works - John Challenger
Release date: 13 June 2019
Price: £12.50
Available: Salisbury Cathedral Shop or pre-order online.
Assistant Director of Music, John Challenger, releases his second album on the Cathedral’s Father Willis Organ. This album was recorded prior to the dismantling of Salisbury's famous instrument, which was built in 1876 and is currently undergoing major restoration. In this new recording, John plays organ works by the nineteenth-century composer and founder of the French Symphonic organ school, César Franck. The programme includes Franck’s Pièce Heroïque, the Prelude, Fugue and Variation, along with the gigantic Three Chorals for Organ, which Franck composed in 1890, immediately prior to his death. The rich sounds of the Cathedral's iconic pipe organ, the building's acoustic, and the grandeur of the repertoire combine to make this disc a must-have. 
This is the first album to be released independently by Salisbury Cathedral, and all proceeds from sales of this recording will help support our music. The album (£12.50) is available to buy at the Cathedral Shop, at the Cathedral’s 2019 South Transept Recital Series, or online
Track listing
1. Pièce héroïque (8:44)
2. Prélude, Fugue et Variation (10:15) 
3. Cantabile (6:30)
4. Trois Chorals pour Grand Orgue – No 1 in E major (16:04)
5. Trois Chorals pour Grand Orgue – No 2 in B minor (14:54)
6. Trois Chorals pour Grand Orgue – No 3 in A minor (12:53)
Total timings: (69:23)
Engineer, Producer and Editor: Andrew Post
Producers: David Halls and Daniel Mathieson
Photography: Ash Mills