David Briggs

Concert Organist and Composer

Recordings - 1

NEW! - Bursts of Acclamation

Ralph Vaughan Williams - Organ Music and Transcriptions
ALBCD021
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CD 1

1 Prelude 'The New Commonwealth'

2 Overture: The Wasps (transcribed DJB)

3 Two Organ Preludes founded on Welsh Folk songs - 1

4 Two Organ Preludes founded on Welsh Folk songs - 2

5 Two movements from the Suite for Viola and Small Orchestra - 1

6 Two movements from the Suite for Viola and Small Orchestra - 2

7 A Wedding Tune for Ann

8 Wedding canon for Nancy

9 Fantasia on Aberystwyth (Henry Ley)

10 Largo Sostenuto from A Sea Symphony (transcribed by Henry Ley)

11 Prelude and Fugue in C Minor



 



CD 2

1 Three Preludes founded on Welsh Hymn Tunes - 1

2 Three Preludes founded on Welsh Hymn Tunes - 2

3 Three Preludes founded on Welsh Hymn Tunes - 3

4 Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis (transcribed by Peter Beardsley)

5 Dirge for Fidele

6 Passacaglia on BCG

7 Fantasia on Greensleeves

8 Land of our birth

9 Alla Sarabanda (transcribed by Henry Ley)

10 Slow movement from A London Symphony (transcribed by Henry Ley)

11 Antiphon - Let all the World (transcribed by Henry Ley)



 

    

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Bursts of Acclamation
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NEW! - Edward Elgar - Symphonies 1 & 2

David Briggs plays the Tickell organ at Worcester Cathedral
APCD4016
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Disk 1:
Symphony No. 1 in A flat Op.55 - transcribed by David Briggs
Disk2:
Symphony No. 2 in E flat Op.63 - transcribed by David Briggs

    

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Edward Elgar - Symphonies 1 & 2
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Mahler Symphony No 3

Double CD (Transcribed for Organ by David Briggs)
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Recorded at a live concert on 21st May 2011 on the Wiehl-Orgel in the church of St Katherine, Oppenheim, Germany

    

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Mahler Symphony No 3
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David Briggs Live...

... on the Taylor and Boody Organ at St. Joseph's Chapel, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA
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Prelude and Fugue in E min BWV 548 'The Wedge' - JS Bach

Kommst du nun, Jesu, von Himmel herunter BWV 650 - JS Bach

Nun komm der Heiden Heiland BWV 659 - JS Bach

Herr Gott nun schleuss den Himmel auf BWV 617 - JS Bach

In dir ist Freude BWV 615 - JS Bach

Symphonie Improvisee - David Briggs

    

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David Briggs Live...
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Vierne 3rd Symphony and Widor 5th Symphony

Played on the stunning 1889 Cavaillé-Coll organ of St Sernin, Toulouse and previously released as the cover CD for the BBC Music Magazine, this recording is now available as a high quality download. Free programme notes are also available.

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Louis Vierne - Symphony No.3 in F# minor, Op.28

Charles-Marie Widor - Symphony No.5 in F minor, Op.42 No.1

Improvisations by David Briggs on the bell chime of St Sernin. (Lourdes hymn)

    

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Vierne 3rd Symphony and Widor 5th Symphony

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Symphony No 6 - Gustav Mahler

Live recording - St Katharinen Oppenheim Mahler-Festival 2011
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Recorded on the 100th anniversary of the death of Gustav Mahler on 18th February.

1-Allegro energico, ma non troppo. Heftig, aber markig - 24:48

2-Andante moderato - 15:57

3-Scherzo: Wuchtig - 13:17

4-Finale: Sostenuto - Allegro moderato - Allegro energico - 34:45

    

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Symphony No 6 - Gustav Mahler
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Cistercian Chamades

There's nothing quite as overwhelming as the sound of a great pipe organ in a great acoustic...
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Built in 1962 (just like David Briggs!), the magnificent Klais organ in Himmerod Abbey, Germany is one of the finest organs in Europe, and is bathed in the abbey’s remarkable 11 second acoustic. David plays an exciting and varied programme containing music from four centuries, and finishes with a major symphonic improvisation, based on 'The Old Hundredth'. The sleeve contains numerous colour photos of both the abbey and the instrument as well as details about the recording sessions, music and instrument. Don't miss this opportunity to really put your sound system through its paces…

Grand Choeur Dialogué - Eugène Gigout - 5:34
Fugue on the Magnificat, BWV 733 - J.S.Bach - 5:29
Largetto in F sharp minor - Samuel Sebastian Wesley - 6:18
Fantasia and Fugue in G - Sir Charles H H Parry - 11:10
Scherzetto (Sonata in C minor) - Percy Whitlock - 4:30
Rhapsody in C# minor - Herbert Howells - 9:27
Popular Song (Façade Suite) - Sir William Walton - 2:12
Phantasie on 'Hallelujah, Gott zu loben' - Max Reger - 16:05
Improvisation on 'The Old Hundredth' - David Briggs - 18:14

    

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Cistercian Chamades
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Mass For Notre Dame

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Hyperion CDA67808
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This disc includes Briggs’ Messe pour Notre Dame, and features four movements of David Briggs’ own improvisations - the Introït, Offertoire, Élévation and Sortie. Very much aligned with French liturgical practice, this is Briggs captured in the heat of the improvised, unedited moment. These improvisations display a masterful range of mood and colour. There is delicacy, reflection and repose, alongside mighty bombast and truly gothic 'shock and awe'. Listening to them is an uniquely thrilling musical experience.
Also included are some of Briggs’ much more Anglophone anthems. The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, who have been winning increasing praise for their Hyperion recordings, perform with their inspirational director Stephen Layton, and the composer, of course, at the organ.

    

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Mass For Notre Dame
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Joie de Vivre

David Briggs plays organ music by J S Bach on the 1999 Taylor and Boody Organ, Opus 35 at the Presbyterian Church, Danville, KY, USA

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Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 547
Chorale Prelude Chorale Prelude: Schmücke dich, O liebe Seele, BWV654
‘Little’ Fugue in G minor, BWV578
Concerto in A minor, BWV 593
Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, BWV 689
Trio super Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend, BWV655
Chorale Prelude: Kyrie Gott, heiliger Geist, BWV671
Nun komm’ der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659
Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter, BWV 650
Toccata and Fugue in D major, BWV532

    

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Joie de Vivre
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Bombarde 32!

DVD - David Briggs plays the Widor Toccata on the Organ of St Sernin, Toulouse

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This DVD evolved rather unexpectedly during the final moments of the BBC Music Magazine recording session of Widor's 5th and Vierne 3rd organ symphonies.
Two days of sheer exhilaration inspired by the great Cavaille-Coll in the haunting atmosphere of Europe's largest Norman basilica let us to try to capture the moment on film.
The BBC Music Magazine features the CD as the cover disc for its April 2008 edition
Shipping 20th April 2008

    
Bombarde 32!
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