woensdag 29 augustus 2012

Stanley Roper, orgel: HMV C 1282 (1926)


Over de organist Stanley Roper is niet veel bekend. Een kijkje in de CHARM database leert ons dat hij met name in de akoestische periode erg veel opnamen op orgel heeft gemaakt. Hij was ook begeleider, van koren, zangeressen als Edna Thornton, Phyllis Lett, zangers als John Harrison en van de violiste Marjorie Hayward. 

De plaat die ik hier deel staat becommentarieerd in The Gramophone van november 1926. Het is maar een kort stukje dat ik zo vrij ben hieronder te citeren:

Roper—Here is another record well worth hearing. There is a certain combination of soft stops which is rather run to death in the Handel, but apart from this we are given a sound rendering of a piece of really fine organ music. The Epilogue on the Old Hundredth, however, seems to have been written chiefly to give organists a chance to " blaze away." It is a very loud movement and it fails, I think, to catch the spirit of the tune. But its undeniable effectiveness will appeal to many and the recording is superb.

De plaat moet van een liefhebber geweest zijn: door het vele draaien zijn de harde passages uitgesleten; ook zijn er enkele beschadigingen (krassen, tikken). Ik heb weer m'n best gedaan, maar verwacht geen Pristine kwaliteit. Het is toch erg aardig orgelopnamen uit 1926 te kunnen beluisteren. Helaas heb ik geen akoestische opnamen van hem.
Overigens is er nog een leuk 25 cm plaatje van Stanley Roper uit 1926 (HMV B 2398)  te downloaden op de site van Damian met verkeersgeluiden, de Big Ben, de klokken van St. Margaret Church in Westminster.

Ernest Farrar (07.07.1885 - 18.09.1918): Engels componist, pianist en organist. Studeerde bij Sir Charles Villiers Stanford en Sir Walter Parratt aan het Royal College of Music in Londen. Had een aantal aanstellingen als organist. Hij sneuvelde in de eerste wereldoorlog op de tweede dag dat hij aan het front was.

1  Georg Friedrich Händel: uit Orgelconcert in F: allegro    4:20 
2  Ernest Farrar: Epilogue on the "Old 100th"    2:30
Stanley Roper, organist and composer at H.M. Chapels Royal
played at St. Margaret's, Westminster (London)
78t 30 cm: HMV C 1282   (09378/9)  CR558-II/9-II
Opname 1926.

4 opmerkingen:

  1. Thanks Satyr - Haven't encountered this piece before.

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  2. Hi, Buster! He seems to have recorded a lot of organ music in the acoustic period - one of the most difficult instruments to record with a horn, I think...

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  3. Some more info on Roper for you Satyr

    EDGAR STANLEY ROPER, C.V.O., D.Mus., organist and composer to H.M. Chapels Royal and former Principal of Trinity College of Music, on 19 November 1954, in London, aged seventy-four. Like many other well-known musicians he began as a choirboy, and the making of church music was his life's chief work and interest, although the claims of musical education ran a close second.

    Dr. Roper was born at Croydon on 23 December 1878, and from the age of nine he was at Westminster Abbey for five years, part of the time as solo boy. He went to Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, as organ scholar and graduated there in 1902, gaining his B.Mus. degree the following year. He studied the organ with Sir Frederick Bridge and Sir Walter Alcock and composition with Dr. Charles Wood and Stanford. His career as an organist began at Hammersmith Parish Church and he held subsequent appointments at St. Stephen's, Walbrook, and at St. Margaret's, Westminster. In 1910 he joined the staff of Trinity College of Music as professor and examiner. Dr. Roper became an assistant organist at Westminster Abbey in 1917 and in 1919 he was appointed to the Chapels Royal in succession to Dr. C. H. Lloyd whose sub-organist he had been since 1902. He was elected Principal of Trinity College of Music, where he was held in great affection and esteem, in 1924. He retired in 1944 and during that year a public luncheon was held, at which he was the guest of honour, in recognition of his services to music. He was appointed M.V.O. in 1930, C.V.O. in 1943 and was president of the Royal College of Organists during that year. He had also at one time been Dean of the Faculty of Music in the University of London.

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    1. Thanks very much for this information, Jolyon!

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