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George Frideric Handel, transcribed by Thomas Heywood
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon, HWV 67
This track is from the acclaimed album:
Sleeping Beauty Awakes!
Grand Concert Organ
Aikman Hall • Haileybury
Melbourne • Australia
'Heywood appropriately and brilliantly demonstrates the awakened Sleeping Beauty of Perth...chock-full of creativity, imagination, and direct, visceral appeal. The transcriptions utilize every facet of the organ's tonal and technical possibilities, preserving with remarkable fidelity the intent of the original scores. These performances will inspire, and they are fun!' (The American Organist, USA)
Originally built in 1887 for Perth City Hall, Scotland by the Scottish organ builder John R. Miller and rebuilt in 1957 by the famous English firm led by Henry Willis III, this historic large 4-manual instrument was gifted to Australia’s largest school, Haileybury, Melbourne by the Royal Burgh of Perth in 2006.
With Thomas Heywood as Consultant, the Western Australian firm of Pipe Organs W.A. rebuilt and installed the instrument in Aikman Hall - Haileybury’s large Concert Hall - in 2009.
Housed behind new twin cases divided in the hall’s side galleries - an unusual location for a concert organ - this acclaimed recording captures this unique instrument’s luxuriously romantic sound in all its enveloping glory.
Enjoy Thomas Heywood’s 'beyond brilliant' performances of some of the greatest music of all time in a program from Bach to Offenbach!
Program highlights include:
Offenbach’s Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld
Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture
Tchaikovsky’s Suite from The Sleeping Beauty
Handel’s Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Wagner’s Grand March from Tannhäuser
Chopin’s ’Military’ Polonaise in A major
And much more!