The Durham Media Academy at St Chad's College, in association with the Elgar Birthplace Museum, has produced an absorbing documentary exploring Elgar's Organ Sonata from just about every conceivable angle. The work is performed by Canon James Lancelot, Organist of Durham Cathedral and a Fellow of the College. In the 150th anniversary year of Elgar's birth, James's outstanding performance of this first organ sonata brings the music to life by realising its full colour and majesty.
Additionally, the DVD also explores many aspects of the music and the composer including:
In collaboration with the Elgar Birthplace Museum, a valuable insight into Elgar - both the man and his work.
A tour of Harrison & Harrison, restorers of the Durham Cathedral Organ, to discover the art and science behind successful organ building.
A virtual conversation among Professor Jeremy Dibble, the distinguished Elgar expert Relf Clark, and performer James Lancelot who analyse this work and its evolution.
A masterclass given by James Lancelot, who also undertakes an organist's eye-view of the Durham Cathedral Organ.
“The always engaging Lancelot closes the DVD with a valuable masterclass on the difficulties of the Sonata itself, delivered straight to camera at the console. Production values throughout are of the highest, with good use of roving and rostrum cameras; the package will prove fascinating and enlightening not just to organ aficionados, but to performers, students, and to anyone with an interest in Elgar the man as well as the composer.”
Graeme Kay Choir & Organ
Elgar Sonata for Organ
Opus 28 (DVD & CD)
Click the cover to the left to hear a sample of the CD