aPHI CD 227: FRANCIS JACKSON LIVE YORK MINSTER

RECORDED 1947 - 2012



 

CD ONE
[1] & [2] J. S. Bach (1685-1750) Wedge Prelude & Fugue Rec. 21/8/2003 [16.20]
[3] Louis Vierne (1870-1937) Naiads Rec. August 2009 [5.56]
[4] Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924) Fantasia & Toccata [13.36]
Rec. August 2002
[5]-[7] Francis Jackson (b1917) Fantasy & Fugue (Clarkenwell) Opus 155 (2007)
Rec. August 2009 1st published recording [15.14]
[8] Francis Jackson The Sweet Rivelet (1974)
from The Hovingham Sketches Rec. 4/8/2012
Francis Jackson Sonata Five in C minor Opus 140 (2003) [23.43]
[9] Moderato [10] Scherzetto [11] Canzona [12] Allegro
Rec. 21/8/2003 1st published recording
CD One recorded by Martin J. Monkman, Amphion Recordings,
apart from track 8 recorded by Gerco Schaap.


CD TWO
Francis Jackson Sonata Six for Organ Opus 148 (2004) [17.48]
[1] Molto moderato [2] Andante [3] Moderato Rec. 21/8/2004 (b) 1st published recording
[4] J. S. Bach The Saint Anne Prelude in E flat Off air from B.B.C. broadcast 1955 [8.21]
[5] James Nares (1715-1783) Introduction & Fugue in E flat Rec. 1983 (c) [5.24]
[6] Edward Cuthbert Bairstow (1874-1946) Prelude on the plainsong "Vexilla Rex"
Rec 1983 (c) [3.45]
[7] Thomas Tertius Noble (1867-1953) Fantasy on "Leoni" (The God of Abraham Praise)
Rec 1983 (c) [6.39]
[8] Philip Moore (b 1943) Soliloquy Rec. 1983 (c) [5.49]
[9] Heathcote Statham (1889-1973) Rhapsody in C (1927) Rec 1966 (c) [6.26]
[10] Francis Jackson Improvisation December 1947 [4.07]
From B.B.C. 78 r.p.m. acetate transcription disc 1st published recording
[11] Francis Jackson Fanfare in B flat Opus 18 Rec 1951
from 78 r.p.m. Eboracum commercial disc E 108 [1.21]
[12] George Thalben-Ball Edwardia from The Hovingham Sketches Rec. 4/8/2012 (a) [3.30]
[13] & [14] J. S. Bach Prelude & Fugue in G B.W.V. 614 Rec. 4/8/2012 (a) [9.24]
[15] Francis Jackson Impromptu Opus 5 (1944) Rec Hull City Hall, 16 January 1986 (a) [5.53]
From Amhion cassette tape PHI 007/CD PHI CD 180: The Composer Plays Francis Jackson


(TOTAL PLAYING TIME: 2 hours 41 minutes and 25 seconds


CD Two recorded by a) Martin J. Monkman. b) David Rogers c) John Rothera
Recorded, produced & graphic design by Martin J. Monkman, Amphion Recordings.


The Recordings
All the recordings on these CDs are 'Live' i.e. given at recitals. The earliest recordings heard in this collection were made using one of the most primitive methods of recording sound, the 78 r.p.m. disc, and go right through to modern digital sound. The two examples of 78 r.p.m. discs are found on CD 2 tracks 10 and 11. In the case of track 10, this recording was made by the B.B.C. as part of a number of test recordings they made of the organ and choir of York Minster during 1947 and 1948. These were recorded on 13 inch acetate B.B.C. transcription discs, revolving at 78 r.p.m. The other 78 r.p.m. recording on track 11 was recorded and issued commercially in 1951 on the Eborcaum label recorded by Cyril Dalby, Radio Relay of York. It was recorded first on spool tape and then transferred to 78 r.p.m. record for sale to the public. It formed part of a series of records which featured the organ and choir at York. It dates from the time when the L.P. was first starting to make an impact in this country. By 1955 the 78 r.p.m. record was more or less a thing of the past, as the vinyl 45 and 331/3 r.p.m. records where replacing it in common use.
The rest of the recordings are made on tape, analogue or digital, spool or cassette. The earliest example of analogue spool tape heard here is track 4 CD 2, an off air recording from B.B.C. A.M. radio. The year this recording was made, 1955, the B.B.C. started to introduce F.M. or V.H.F. radio transmissions in the south east of the country which later that year spread to the rest of the nation.
Tracks 5 to 8 CD 2 are examples of how the analogue cassette tape introduced in the 1960s had advanced, and for domestic use it was now equal in quality to that of the domestic spool tape recorder. Track 15, CD 2, is the only track not from York, and has been included because of the high standard of performance. All other tracks are recorded digitally, in this instance using Digital Audio Tape, D.A.T.
These recordings are issued by Amphion to celebrate the 95th birthday of Dr Jackson.
Acknowledgments:
My thanks go to Doctors Jackson and Lindley. David Rogers of Doncaster & Gerco Schaap of The Netherlands provided some of the recordings. Colin Charnley of Warton helped with the proof reading.
Martin J. Monkman, Amphion Recordings, 1 September 2012


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