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Jan Lehtola - William Humphreys Dayas: Complete Organ Music (2016)

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Jan Lehtola - William Humphreys Dayas: Complete Organ Music (2016)
Artist: Jan Lehtola
Title Of Album: William Humphreys Dayas: Complete Organ Music
Year Of Release: 2016
Label: Toccata Classics
Country: UK
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC (image + .cue, log, booklet)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 65:46 min
Full Size: 261 MB


William Humphreys Dayas: Organ Sonata No. 1 in F Major, Op. 5
I. Praludium
II. Andante
III. Introduczione (quasi Fantasie): Poco piu Andante
IV. Fuge: Allegro moderato

Arthur Bird: Theme varie in C Minor, Op. 27 (Arr. W.H. Dayas for Organ)
Thema: Andante ma non troppo
Variation 1: Poco allegro
Variation 2: Poco piu allegro
Variation 3: Allegro
Variation 4: Piu moderato
Variation 5: Allegro moderato
Variation 6: Andante ma non troppo
Variation 7: Moderato maestoso
Fuge: Moderato

William Humphreys Dayas: Organ Sonata No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 7
I. Maestoso - Allegro
II. Adagio - Allegretto - Adagio
III Maestoso - Allegro energico
IV. Fuge (Moderato) - Piu allegro - Allegro - Molto allegro

At the beginning of the twentieth century the American William Humphreys Dayas (1864–1903) was the leading professor of piano at the Royal Manchester College of Music. He was an important figure: he studied with Liszt, was friends with Busoni and became a major pedagogue, holding teaching posts in Helsinki, Wiesbaden and Cologne before he came to Manchester in 1895. Although Dayas left only a handful of compositions, two of them are major organ sonatas – passionate, Lisztian works that have remained completely unknown until now.

Dayas also arranged for organ the Theme varie for piano four hands by another forgotten American composer, Arthur H. Bird (1856–1923), a further important addition to the late-Romantic organ repertoire.

Although no official reason for Dayas’ early death was given, reading between the lines of contemporary accounts suggests that he may have been an alcoholic.

Dr Jan Lehtola is one the most successful and progressive Finnish organists of his generation. He has appeared with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, the Lahti Symphony, Tampere Philharmonic and Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestras and the St Michael Strings. The conductors with whom he has worked include Kent Nagano, Juha Kangas, Sakari Oramo, Muhai Tang and Osmo Vanska, amongst others, and the composers who have written for him include Kalevi Aho, Thierry Escaich, Naji Hakim, Paavo Heininen and Pehr Henrik Nordgren. This is his first for Toccata Classics.

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