Marcussen & Søn (1995)
Tonbridge School, Kent, United Kingdom
“Well worth repeated playing…Christian Wilson delivers Pott’s work with sensitivity and insight.
“Characteristically rich and intricately crafted”
Choir & Organ
Francis Pott (b. 1957)
1. Toccata (1991)
Mosaici di Ravenna (1981)
2. I. Tableau [Sant’Apollinare in Classe]
3. II. Toccata [San Vitale, Ravenna]
Three Hymn Tune Fantasias (2013)
4. ‘Iste Confessor’ – Poitiers Antiphoner
5. I. Prelude and Fugue on ‘Iste Confessor’ – Prelude
6. I. Prelude and Fugue on ‘Iste Confessor’ – Fugue
7. ‘Slane’ – arr. Erik Routley (1917–82), OUP
8. II. Improvisation on ‘Slane’
9. ‘King’s Lynn’ – Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872–1958), English Hymnal, OUP
10. III. Toccata on ‘King’s Lynn’
An exciting release of organ works by esteemed composer, Francis Pott, featuring ‘La Chiesa del Sole’ written for Thomas Trotter and commissioned by the Dean and Chapter of Manchester Cathedral for the inauguration of the new Kenneth Tickell organ, 2017, and to the honoured, happy memory of John Scott.
Christian Wilson has forged a unique path as an organist, combining trailblazing virtuosity with serious scholarship and championing rarely-heard or forgotten masterpieces. His inspiring and unorthodox programmes celebrate both the historic roots and central repertoire of the instrument whilst engaging audiences with his own transcriptions in numerous genres, ranging from medieval dances to the music of Piazzolla and Frank Zappa. Recent performances have met with critical acclaim at major concert venues across Europe, the USA, Russia, South Africa and Australia.
Christian’s musical career began at Westminster Abbey, where he was head chorister and developed an interest in the numinous quality and orchestral colour of the organ. He later spent a year as Sub-Organist at Perth Cathedral (Western Australia) before taking up the Organ Scholarship at Christ Church, Oxford. Following a research degree (investigating the pre-Reformation English organ), Christian was awarded various prizes and scholarships to study for the solo postgraduate degree at the Musikhochschule, Stuttgart (with Jon Laukvik and Ludger Lohmann) from where he embarked upon a career as a concert organist. In 2012, he became the eighth person in the world to perform Francis Pott’s epic Organ Symphony ‘Christus’ (sometimes considered the “Everest” of organ repertory) with performances in Germany and the UK.
In addition to his role as Organist of HM Chapels Royal in the Tower of London, Christian is Director of Music at Brasenose College in Oxford, and Assistant Organist at Christ Church, Oxford. He is also busy as a pianist and musicologist, appearing regularly on BBC radio or television. His recent recording of organ music from the interwar period, ‘Commotio’, (also on Acis) has been particularly well received, winning acclaim from, amongst others, veteran Oscar-winning film editor and sound engineer, Walter Scott Murch.
Christian’s performance-related research interests include ‘alternatim’ performance practices in late-medieval England, the music of Austrian WWII émigré composers, and the dialogue between approaches to ‘texture’ or the materiality of creative action in modernist art and music.
“…For the listener, the album will be well worth repeated playing. Pott is a serious though far from inaccessible composer who takes the organ seriously…not a miniaturist or humorist, and not bound by liturgical constraints. Christian Wilson delivers Pott’s work with sensitivity and insight. The composer himself contributes detailed program notes, largely on the individual pieces’ structure, and best read while listening.”
BARNABY PAGE, Organists’ Review, ****
“…characteristically rich and intricately crafted…”
MICHAEL QUINN, Choir & Organ, ****