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WESLEY, S.S.: Organ Works

Composer(s):Wesley, Samuel Sebastian
Artist(s) McVinnie, James, organ
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.570410
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


Son of the organist Samuel and grandson of Charles Wesley, Samuel Sebastian held various positions as organist in English cathedrals. As a performer and as a composer of organ music he lived at a time of transition in English organ-playing and construction, as the full pedal-board came into wider use in England, to some extent inspired by the example of Mendelssohn. Wesley’s organ music, influenced inevitably by the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, after whom he had been christened, reflects these new developments, and paves the way for the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century revival of organ music.


Review By David Denton,Naxos,June 2007

Born in 1810, the son of the famous organist and composer, Samuel Wesley, Samuel Sebastian Wesley was to follow in his footsteps with forty-five of his mature years in charge of music at England's most important cathedrals, though he remained at each for a relatively short period. He had been a pupil of such prodigious gifts that at the age of sixteen - when he finished his full-time education - he was regarded as the finest organist in London. Strangely having gained his first major appointment as organist at Hereford cathedral, he was never to return to a London church. Composition played an important part of his entire career, though the bulk of his output came while young, and surrounded by a dearth of talent he was considered highly



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