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Swayne: Stations of the Cross, Books 1 & 2

Simon Nieminski

Swayne: Stations of the Cross, Books 1 & 2

...bold and soulful
RES10118 (Resonus Classics)
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Stations of the Cross, Book 1, Op. 96 - No. 1. Jesus is sentenced to death

Stations of the Cross, Book 1, Op. 96 - No. 1. Jesus is sentenced to death

Composer Giles Swayne
Soloist Simon Nieminski
04:50 Play $1.70
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Stations of the Cross, Book 1, Op. 96 - No. 2. Jesus takes up the cross

Stations of the Cross, Book 1, Op. 96 - No. 2. Jesus takes up the cross

Composer Giles Swayne
Soloist Simon Nieminski
02:13 Play $1.70
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Stations of the Cross, Book 1, Op. 96 - No. 3. The first fall

Stations of the Cross, Book 1, Op. 96 - No. 3. The first fall

Composer Giles Swayne
Soloist Simon Nieminski
02:20 Play $1.70
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Stations of the Cross, Book 1, Op. 96 - No. 4. Jesus and his mother

Stations of the Cross, Book 1, Op. 96 - No. 4. Jesus and his mother

Composer Giles Swayne
Soloist Simon Nieminski
05:10 Play $3.40
5
Stations of the Cross, Book 1, Op. 96 - No. 5. Simon of Cyrene

Stations of the Cross, Book 1, Op. 96 - No. 5. Simon of Cyrene

Composer Giles Swayne
Soloist Simon Nieminski
04:18 Play $1.70
6
Stations of the Cross, Book 1, Op. 96 - No. 6. Veronica

Stations of the Cross, Book 1, Op. 96 - No. 6. Veronica

Composer Giles Swayne
Soloist Simon Nieminski
03:51 Play $1.70
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Stations of the Cross, Book 1, Op. 96 - No. 7. The second fall

Stations of the Cross, Book 1, Op. 96 - No. 7. The second fall

Composer Giles Swayne
Soloist Simon Nieminski
07:52 Play $3.40
8
Stations of the Cross, Book 2, Op. 100 - No. 8. The women of Jerusalem

Stations of the Cross, Book 2, Op. 100 - No. 8. The women of Jerusalem

Composer Giles Swayne
Soloist Simon Nieminski
05:00 Play $3.40
9
Stations of the Cross, Book 2, Op. 100 - No. 9. The third fall

Stations of the Cross, Book 2, Op. 100 - No. 9. The third fall

Composer Giles Swayne
Soloist Simon Nieminski
03:13 Play $1.70
10
Stations of the Cross, Book 2, Op. 100 - No. 10. Jesus is stripped of his clothes

Stations of the Cross, Book 2, Op. 100 - No. 10. Jesus is stripped of his clothes

Composer Giles Swayne
Soloist Simon Nieminski
04:33 Play $1.70
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Stations of the Cross, Book 2, Op. 100 - No. 11. Jesus is nailed to the cross

Stations of the Cross, Book 2, Op. 100 - No. 11. Jesus is nailed to the cross

Composer Giles Swayne
Soloist Simon Nieminski
02:49 Play $1.70
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Stations of the Cross, Book 2, Op. 100 - No. 12. Jesus dies on the cross

Stations of the Cross, Book 2, Op. 100 - No. 12. Jesus dies on the cross

Composer Giles Swayne
Soloist Simon Nieminski
03:43 Play $1.70
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Stations of the Cross, Book 2, Op. 100 - No. 13. Jesus' body is laid in his mother's arms

Stations of the Cross, Book 2, Op. 100 - No. 13. Jesus' body is laid in his mother's arms

Composer Giles Swayne
Soloist Simon Nieminski
02:47 Play $1.70
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Stations of the Cross, Book 2, Op. 100 - No. 14. Jesus' body is laid in the tomb

Stations of the Cross, Book 2, Op. 100 - No. 14. Jesus' body is laid in the tomb

Composer Giles Swayne
Soloist Simon Nieminski
07:40 Play $3.40
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Moving away from the typical association of the organ with the sacred and religious, Swayne's ‘Stations of the Cross: Books 1 & 2' tells a very human version of the story of Christ, focusing on the personal rather than the devotional.

This album is licensed for download from Resonus Classics.

Download includes - cover art, booklet

When I saw Eric Gill's carved stone Stations of the Cross in Westminster Cathedral in June 2002, they struck me as a wonderful starting-point for a cycle of organ pieces.

Created between 1914 and 1918, they tell the Passion story in a stylised manner influenced by medieval carving and Assyrian reliefs. Shortly after the premiere of my Stabat mater I started work on my own Stations of the Cross - a cycle of fourteen movements for organ arranged in two books, each of seven movements. It was commissioned by Cambridge Summer Recitals and Dartington International Summer School. Book I was composed in autumn 2004; Book II in early 2005.

Giles Swayne Photography: Alice Williamson From Eric Gill's Stations of the Cross in Westminster Cathedral (Photography: J.A. Sutherland)The Stations of the Cross, like the Stabat Mater (of which, thematically, they are a mirror-image), are constructed from a series of gradually changing eight-note modes, shaped to create harmonic stability and an audible process of change. Two different modes are used in each movement - the first for an introductory section, the second for the main body of the piece. Both modes are based on the same keynote; these move gradually upwards, rising by a semitone at the beginning of each movement. This increases the sense of harmonic change, and also symbolises Jesus' uphill journey to death on the Cross.


My music is full of patterns of this kind which, though simple and obvious in themselves, can work effectively when combined with other processes.

Giles Swayne

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