We are very pleased to share some more organ music videos (Louis Vierne, John Cook, Pierre Cochereau and more) from our recording at Selby Abbey. If you missed our first blog post then go to – D’Arcy Trinkwon at Selby Abbey on Regent 356 Organ – it has five more brilliant videos with D’Arcy playing our Regent organ.
In 2014 D’Arcy Trinkwon and Viscount collaborated to make a DVD on the Regent 356 organ in Selby Abbey. This helped publicise the fund raising programme for the repair of the magnificent Hill pipe organ and also make a small contribution through DVD sales.
The Hill organ is fully restored now and our instrument is no longer in the Abbey which is why we are making these videos available to you. We will be releasing individual tracks over the coming months so please do look out for them.
1. Pierre Cochereau – Boston Symphony Toccata
D’Arcy Trinkwon does flamboyant justice to this remarkable Toccata, the fourth movement of an improvised organ symphony played by Cochereau on the Aeolian Skinner organ at Boston Symphony Hall in 1956. Transcribed by Jeremy Filsell, it incorporates the folksong “L’Aio de Rotso”.
2. Joyce Jones – Prelude on ‘O Waly Waly’
In this Prelude on the Scottish folk song ‘O Waly Waly’, the lyrical tune unfolds in a restful manner, says D’Arcy Trinkwon, in a manner that portrays its lament of love lost. You’ll hear some remarkable effects, such as around 3’30” when a bell stop is used to bring out a counter-melody.
3. John Cook – Fanfare
This Fanfare is intended as a musical commentary on Psalm 81, 1–3: “Sing aloud to God our strength…”. D’Arcy Trinkwon suggests that it is full of optimism as the war had recently ended (1952), bursting with life, vigour and a bright spirit.
4. Louis Vierne – Impromptu Op.54, 3
Trinkwon points to the enigmatic and fleeting nature of this Impromptu, which displays a “pianistic fleetness of hand in an impressionist vision whose airy nature withstands two interludes in which the gargoyles of Notre Dame peer down on the scene from arches high in cavernous shadows”.
5. Samuel Rousseau – Scherzo
In his programme notes D’Arcy Trinkwon suggests that although much of Rousseau’s music remains forgotten, the charm of this Scherzo from 1894 allows a view of the organ which is light and full of Belle Époque humour and genteel manners.
About D’Arcy Trinkwon
One of the distinguished organ musicians of his generation, D’Arcy is an acclaimed artist around the world. He has performed more than 900 recitals in concert halls, cathedral, and churches worldwide, including radio and television appearances.
D’Arcy Trinkwon studied at the Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester). In addition to other studies around Europe, he completed his formal training with Jean Guillou and Odile Pierre in Paris. In addition to private pupils, his own teaching has included masterclasses, coaching and examining at conservatoires and colleges at home and abroad.
Alongside his concert career he is Organist of Worth Abbey (OSB) and Organist to the University of Sussex. More inspiring performances along with lots of reviews, facts and quotes can be found on D’Arcy’ Trinkwon’s website – a joy for all organ music lovers!
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