Sleeping Beauty Awakes!

Sleeping Beauty Awakes! (CD)

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Sleeping Beauty Awakes! 

Thomas Heywood 

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!

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Full Program:

Jacques Offenbach, transcribed by Thomas Heywood
Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld

Ludwig van Beethoven, trans. Thomas Heywood
Coriolan Overture, Op. 62

George Frideric Handel, trans. Thomas Heywood
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon

Richard Wagner, trans. Thomas Heywood
Grand March from Tannhäuser

Sir Edward Elgar, trans. Thomas Heywood
Salut d’amour, Op. 12

Frédéric Chopin, trans. W.T. Best
’Military’ Polonaise in A major, Op. 40 No. 1

Felix Mendelssohn, edited by Thomas Heywood
Sonata No. 1 in F, Op. 65 No. 1

Sergei Rachmaninoff, trans. Thomas Heywood
Vocalise from Fourteen Songs, Op. 34 No. 14

Pyotr Tchaikovsky, trans. Thomas Heywood
Suite from The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66
Introduction - ’Garland’ Waltz - ’Rose’ Adagio

Johann Sebastian Bach, edited by Thomas Heywood
Fugue à la Gigue, BWV 577