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O Quam Gloriosum
Spanish and English choral music of the 16th and 17th century. Includes works by Byrd, Tallis, Victoria, Parsons and Guerrero, as well as organ interludes by Tomkins and Byrd, played by Greg Morris.
Conductor: Greg Morris
With Collegium Musicum of London Chamber Choir.
Music of celebration, performed by the Temple Church Choir,
James Vivian (director),
Greg Morris and Ian le Grice (organ)
Te Deum in D & My beloved spake – Purcell : Te Deum – Elgar : Rejoice in the Lamb – Britten: Te Deum (Collegium Regale) – Howells
“…Such enterprising and polished music-making deserves widespread currency…this jubilant release proves that the Temple Church Choir is among the very best. ” – Gramophone
“Works by our three greatest composers on this vigorous, enjoyable disc celebrate divine majesty and the musical resources of the Temple Church, on Thameside.” – The Sunday Times
“This is music-making of an inspired and magical kind, and I recommend these fine performances without reservation. 5 Stars” – Choir & Organ
Organ Music for Pentecost,
performed on the organ of Blackburn Cathedral by Greg Morris
Veni Creator Spiritus – Rütti
Fantasia on Komm, Heiliger Geist – J.S. Bach
Prelude on Komm, Heiliger Geist – Buxtehude
Fantasia on Komm, Heiliger Geist – Tunder
Communion & Sortie (Messe de la Pentecôte) – Messiaen
Veni Creator Spiritus – de Grigny
Prelude, Adagio & Fugue on Veni Creator – Duruflé
“The music fits the organ’s myriad of colours admirably, with dazzling execution from Greg Morris.”
“An intelligently devised programme…with ample opportunity to hear Morris’ tasteful, polished, all-round musicianship.” – Choir and Organ
“Greg Morris has perfected his control of this, one of the finest organs in the country, and I have to congratulate him, a born musician, on his ability to ensure clarity in this difficult acoustic.” – The Organ
“The playing, like the organ itself, is spectacularly rich in nuance.” – Organists Review
The première recording of three works by David Briggs.
Euphony, Northern Chamber Orchestra
Richard Tanner (conductor)
Greg Morris (organ)
“Organist Greg Morris is a skilled collaborator in the Requiem, and a brilliant soloist in the Organ Concerto.” – The American Organist
Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony and Schubert’s Fifth Symphony, arranged for organ duet Performed on the organ of Blackburn Cathedral by David Gibbs and Greg Morris
“I was more than a little sceptical when I received this disc for review: Schubert’s Fifth Symphony and Mendelssohn’s Fourth, arranged for organ duet. I was hooked by about bar 10 of the first movement….This is simply excellent arranging of orchestral music, brilliantly played.” – The Organ
A wide variety of Psalm settings performed by the Temple Church Choir.
James Vivian (director)
Sally Pryce (harp), Robert Millett (percussion), Greg Morris (organ)
Chichester Psalms – Bernstein, Miserere Mei – Allegri, Teach me, O Lord – Byrd, Ascribe unto the Lord – Wesley, Thy word is a lantern – Purcell, Hear my words, ye people – Parry
“…the polish of the choir’s singing, combining a beautifully honed treble line with characterful yet restrained adult voices, is all recorded with fine balance.” – Choir & Organ
“…Greg Morris accompanies with style and panache…” – Organists’ Review
Whitlock – Organ Sonata in C minor
Percy Whitlock’s masterpiece is performed alongside works by Alain, Franck and Dupre. This is the first recording of the Temple Church Organ following a major and highly acclaimed restoration by Harrison & Harrison.
Organ Sonata in C minor – Percy Whitlock
Litanies – Jehan Alain
Cortege et Litanie – Marcel Dupre
Choral no. 3 in A minor – Cesar Franck
“You may think that Percy Whitlock might not have been the most likely composer to produce a successful organ solo work of symphonic proportions…Greg Morris and the enticing organ of the Temple Church conclusively prove otherwise. Whitlock’s is music which, for all its derivative elements, has a distinctly personal resonance, and it requires not just a player who can sit outside the emotions and let them speak for themselves but an organ that combines both the gravitas of an English cathedral instrument and the exuberance of a theatre one.The Temple Church’s Harrison and Harrison, originally built for a Scottish baronial ballroom, fits the bill perfectly, its London location adding a wonderfully rich acoustic to a specification which can best be described as hearty. Morris paces the work to perfection, keeping the climaxes at arm’s length and holding back tantalisingly where others might be tempted to over-indulge.” – Gramophone
“This is an absolutely splendid recording in every way. The Temple Church organ is sounding on top form after the extensive recent re-working of the instrument by Harrison & Harrison, the Signum recording team has produced a vivid soundscape that catches the wide sonic spectrum and the myriad colous of the organ, and the hero of the hour is Greg Morris who plays with total authority, skill, imagination and bravura. The bulk of the CD is taken up with the Whitlock Sonata (some 45 minutes), and I doubt it could receive a more passionate of committed reading. Morris’s deep knowledge of the music and of the Temple organ has resulted in a wonderfully colourful orchestration of the piece.” – editor’s choice September 2014, Organists’ Review