The Sadler Selection: Ian Sadler at the organ of
Knox Presbyterian Church, Stratford
The Sadler Selection is over an hour of organ music designed to show off the colours and powers of this wonderful organ in Andrew Marshall’s new NaturalMatrix surround sound recording technology. The music ranges from chorale preludes by Bach and Brahms to great but lesser-known organ pieces by Purcell, Elgar, Widor, Karg-Elert, and others, to seldom-heard pieces for concert hall and theatre organ by such composers as Lefebure-Wely, Nevin, and Severac.
The sound is huge and spacious, the organ spread across cathedral front, with additional pipes at rear. Lots of pedal power can be heard from the 16-to-8-foot pipes, as well as chimes and other unusual organ voices. Ian Sadler’s playing is typically virtuosic, with a range of expression that goes from powerful to playful.
Says Andrew Marshall: ” I wanted to duplicate the kind of warm, engaging acoustic we got with A Childe Is Born, but to add to it an encompassing sense of space. NaturalMatrix, along with the utter transparency of our Bryston microphone preamplifiers, has, I think, provided a sound that has gone beyond my expectations.”
This CD (AI-CD-009) is the first Audio Ideas Recording to utilize the Meridian 518 Digital Processor, the resultant CD achieving 20-bit resolution.
Available only from Audio Ideas for $11.99