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Ralph Downes

org, 1904-1993 GB, Derby
Musician of Classical

Ralph William Downes CBE (16 August 1904–24 December 1993) was an English organist, organ designer, teacher and music director and was Professor of Organ in the Royal College of Music.Downes was born in Derby and studied at the Royal College of Music from 1922 to 1923 under Walter Alcock, Henry Ley, and Edgar Cook.He was then assistant organist at Southwark Cathedral from 1923 until 1925, before moving to Keble College, Oxford (where he was also Organ Scholar to continue his education (1925 to 1928). He was then musical director and organist of the new chapel at Princeton University between 1928 and 1935, before returning to London.

        
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Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45: Ziemlich langsam - Selig sind, die da Leid tragen - 1997 Digital Remaster on Brahms: A German Requiem by Johannes Brahms, Philharmonia Chorus/Philharmonia Orchestra/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Otto Klemperer/Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Otto Klemperer & Philharmonia Orchestra
Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45: Langsam, marschmäßig - Denn alles Fleisch es ist wie Gras - 1997 Digital Remaster on Brahms: A German Requiem by Johannes Brahms, Philharmonia Chorus/Philharmonia Orchestra/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Otto Klemperer/Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Otto Klemperer & Philharmonia Orchestra
Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45: Mäßig bewegt - Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen - 1997 Digital Remaster on Brahms: A German Requiem by Johannes Brahms, Philharmonia Chorus/Philharmonia Orchestra/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Otto Klemperer/Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Otto Klemperer & Philharmonia Orchestra
Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45: Andante moderato - Herr, lehre doch mich - 1997 Digital Remaster on Brahms: A German Requiem by Johannes Brahms, Philharmonia Chorus/Philharmonia Orchestra/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Otto Klemperer/Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Otto Klemperer & Philharmonia Orchestra
Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45: Langsam - Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit - 1997 Digital Remaster on Brahms: A German Requiem by Johannes Brahms, Philharmonia Chorus/Philharmonia Orchestra/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Otto Klemperer/Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Otto Klemperer & Philharmonia Orchestra
Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45: Andante - Denn wir haben hie keine bleibende Statt - 1997 Digital Remaster on Brahms: A German Requiem by Johannes Brahms, Philharmonia Chorus/Philharmonia Orchestra/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Otto Klemperer/Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Otto Klemperer & Philharmonia Orchestra
Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45: Feierlich - Selig sind die Toten, die in dem Herren sterben - 1997 Digital Remaster on Brahms: A German Requiem by Johannes Brahms, Philharmonia Chorus/Philharmonia Orchestra/Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Otto Klemperer/Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Otto Klemperer & Philharmonia Orchestra
Symphony for Organ No. 5 in F Minor, Op. 42, No. 1: V. Toccata on Widor: Toccata in F Major - Bach: Fugue a la Giga, et al. by Ralph Downes
Litaniae Lauretanae BMV in D, K.195: 1. Kyrie eleison on Mozart: Litanies, KV 195 & 243 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Jennifer Vyvyan, Nancy Evans, William Herbert, George James, The St. Anthony Singers, Boyd Neel Orchestra & Anthony Lewis
Toccata and Fugue in D Minor on Bach: Organ Music by Michael Schneider, Jeanne Demessieux & Ralph Downes

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Title Artist Year Type
Ein Deutsches Requiem / Alto Rhapsody / Tragic OvertureJohannes Brahms, Otto Klemperer, Reinhold Schmid, Wilhelm Pitz, Philharmonia Chorus & Philharmonia Orchestra, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Christa Ludwig, Ralph Downes1989Album
Palestrina / VictoriaGiovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Tomás Luis De Victoria, The London Oratory Choir Organist Ralph Downes Conducted By John Hoban1975Album
A German Requiem (Op. 45) / MetamorphosenJohannes Brahms, Philharmonia Chorus & Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer, Reinhold Schmid, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Ralph Downes, Richard Strauss1973Album
Messiah Record 2Georg Friedrich Händel, Heather Harper, Helen Watts, Duncan Robertson, Roger Stalman, Ralph Downes - Christopher Wood, The London Philharmonic Orchestra - Frederick Jackson1972Album
Messiah Record 1Georg Friedrich Händel, Heather Harper, Helen Watts, Duncan Robertson, Roger Stalman, Ralph Downes - Christopher Wood, The London Philharmonic Orchestra - Frederick Jackson1972Album
Messiah Record 3Georg Friedrich Händel, Heather Harper, Helen Watts, Duncan Robertson, Roger Stalman, Ralph Downes - Christopher Wood, The London Philharmonic Orchestra - Frederick Jackson1972Album
Lataniae De Venerabili Altaris Sacremento, K. 243Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, St. Anthony Singers, The Boyd Neel Orchestra, Anthony Lewis, Jennifer Vyvyan, Nancy Evans, William Herbert, George James, Ralph Downes1971Album
Litaniae Lauretanae, K. 195 - Lataniae De Venerabili Altaris Sacremento, K. 243Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, St. Anthony Singers, The Boyd Neel Orchestra, Anthony Lewis, Jennifer Vyvyan, Nancy Evans, William Herbert, George James, Ralph Downes1971Album
The Eighteen Chorales, Record TwoRalph Downes, Johann Sebastian Bach1968Album
The Eighteen Chorales, Record OneRalph Downes, Johann Sebastian Bach1968Album
Clavierübung Part 3 (Mass Organ)Johann Sebastian Bach - Ralph Downes1967Album
A Choral Fantasia, Psalm 86 / Dies NatalisGustav Holst / Gerald Finzi, Janet Baker (Soprano), Wilfred Brown (Tenor), Ralph Downes (Organ), English Chamber Orchestra Conducted By Imogen Holst And Christopher Finzi1964Album
A German Requiem (Op. 45)Johannes Brahms - Otto Klemperer Conducting Philharmonia Orchestra And Philharmonia Chorus, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Ralph Downes1962Album
An Organ RecitalRalph Downes1958Album
An Organ RecitalRalph Downes1958Album
The First International Congress of Organists, Volume IVRalph Downes, Gordon Jeffery, Francis Jackson1957Album
Concertos For Organ And OrchestraGeorg Friedrich Händel, Ralph Downes, The London Chamber Orchestra, Anthony BernardAlbum
Messa Tedesca Per OrganoJohann Sebastian Bach, Ralph DownesAlbum
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