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On a lighter note (OXCD-128)

Frikki Walker plays the organ of St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Glasgow

1. Paean Oliphant Chuckerbutty
2. Eine Kleine Nachtmusik W A Mozart
3. Aria Flor Peeters
4. Grand March from Aida Giuseppe Verdi
5. Adagio in G minor Giazotto/Albinoni
6. The Rejoicing Charles Callahan
7. Salut d'amour Edward Elgar
8. Rhosymedre Ralph Vaughan Williams
9. Vivo David Llewellyn Green
10. Leibster Jesu, wir sind hier J S Bach
11. Trumpet Tune Christopher Tambling
12. Aria Andrew Carter
13-15. March, Elegy, Scherzetto from Richard III film William Walton
16. Aria Frikki Walker
17. Star Wars main title John Williams
18. Penguins' Playtime Nigel Ogden
19. A Scottish Fancy Piers Kennedy
20. Theme from A Summer Place Max Steiner
21. Sortie in Eflat Louis Lefebure-Wely

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Frikki Walker (Director of Music at St Mary's Cathedral) plays a selection of mostly lighter repertoire that has proved popular with audiences in the concert halls played in over the years, and particularly at the daily organ concerts in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow.

St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Glasgow
Kelvingrove Art Gallery
Piers Kennedy

CHOIR & ORGAN (MAY 2015): Frikki Walker’s enthusiasm for the lighter side of the organ repertoire is clear in this comprehensive compilation of everything from Eine kleine Nachtmusik to Penguins' Playtime. Without a natural sense of wit and charm, this music can feel awkward removed from live performance, but here there is much to enjoy. Anyone looking for new recital ‘lollipops’ will find a few novelties such as Max Steiner’s film theme from A Summer Place or David Llewellyn Green’s Vivo, as well as A Scottish Fantasy specially commissioned from Piers Kennedy.
ORGANISTS' REVIEW (SEP 2015): ...It's all played with gusto, wit and musicianship on the pellucid organ at St Mary's Cathedral in Glasgow. Despite containing elements of a 1909 predecessor, it is in large part a Hill, Norman & Beard instrument of 1967 and very much in that decade's style: not at all the obvious vehicle for much of this music (you'd hardly expect it to be at home with Elgar, for example) but evidently more versatile than a glance at the spec suggests.
Where the CD scores most highly may be in providing new repertoire ideas. The Callahan piece would make an accessible voluntary, as would the Tambling and the mournful Carter, and Walker's own Aria. The Green Vivo is also charming and inventive though maybe not appropraite for liturgical use, the Ogden Penguins' Playtime certainly isn't.
.... it is performed with panache on an impressive organ and, especially if you are a church performer, it is worth getting to check out some fine, unfamiliar repertoire.

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