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Welte Restored

Unique organ performances at Salomons House

Track Name Artist Time Play
1 Corbin: Santiago Waltz Performed on the Orchestrion 6.00 play
2 Elgar arr. CJ Gray: Salut d'amour op.12 Richard Brasier 3.16 play
3 Franz: Galopp Performed on the Orchestrion 3.59 play
4 Ganne: Marche Lorraine Performed on the Orchestrion 4.21 play
5 Gounod arr. King Hall: Meditation (Ave Maria) on JS Bach's First Prelude David Hirst 5.07 play
6 Karg-Elert: Harmonies du soir op.72 no.1 (no.1 of Trois Impressions) Attila Laszlo 5.12 play
7 Léfébure-Wely: Andante no.2 in F, 'The Nun's Hymn' Pavla Bockova 3.49 play
8 Métra: Valse la neige Performed on the Orchestrion 6.32 play
9 Offenbach: Barcarolle (From Tales of Hoffmann) Arranged and performed by Edwin Lemare on a Philharmonic roll 2.37 play
10 Rachmaninoff arr. A Eaglefield Hull: Prelude in C sharp minor op.3 no.2 Ilia Kudryavstev 3.51 play
11 Saint-Saëns: Danse Macabre Edwin Lemare 7.01 play
12 Scotson Clark: Inauguration March James Gough 5.19 play
13 Sousa: The Liberty Bell Performed on the Orchestrion 5.14 play
14 Strauss: The Blue Danube op.314 Performed on the Orchestrion 10.18 play
15 Wagner: March from Tannhauser Performed on the Orchestrion 6.09 play

The pipe organ by Welte which Sir David Salomons installed in his house near Tunbridge Wells is a complex and unique instrument. It is the only organ in the world upon which no.10 Orchestrion rolls can be played.

It boasts a wide range of percussion effects including drums, castanets, a cymbal and tubular bells; a vast swell box; and even an Echo Organ in a separate room. The organ went unplayed for at least 50 years until it was restored with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

This release features automatic Orchestrion rolls, Philharmonic rolls recorded by famous organists of the day, and more conventional performances made by Academy students. For comprehensive details, please see the full CD liner notes (PDF format).

These unique recordings were prepared in collaboration with Canterbury Christ Church University.

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