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Since his debut at age eighteen, Colin Andrews has been recognized as a musician of great versatility, power and artistry. Born in Bristol, England, Andrews initially studied organ with Garth Benson of St. Mary Reddiffe Church. At sixteen, he entered London’s Royal Academy of Music for four years of organ and piano study under principal professors Douglas Hawkridge and Margaret McDonald. He later moved to Geneva, Switzerland, where he was a student of Professor Lionel Rogg. Following his return to Britain, he studied privately for two years with Dame Gillian Weir.

Colin Andrews has been the recipient of many awards; notably, he was a prizewinner at both the 1980 and 1982 Dublin International Organ Competitions in Ireland, and, in 1993 The Royal Academy of Music, London, bestowed an Associateship upon him in recognition of his distinguished performing career. Recently, Mr. Andrews was named “Membre d’Honneur” of the “Association Grand Orgue Trinité Messiaen” based at “l’Eglise de la Sainte Trinité” in Paris, where Messiaen was organist for 61 years. This honor is in recognition of Mr. Andrews’ work with Messiaen’s organ compositions. Colin Andrews is one of only four organists in the world to have recorded the complete organ works of Messiaen (available on the Gothic/Loft label). In 2012, Mr. Andrews’ recording of “L’Ascension” and “Messe de la Pentecote” by Messiaen was listed among the top 10 recordings of the year in the category of sacred music by “Christianity Today”.

Andrews has toured worldwide as a solo recitalist. Future engagements include concert tours of Asia, Europe and numerous engagement in the US. In addition to his recitals, Andrews is an active teacher and lecturer. He has recorded 20 broadcasts for the BBC and has appeared on local and national television and radio in Russia, Poland, the UK, Japan and New Zealand. Mr. Andrews currently serves as Adjunct Professor of the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University.

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Hommage a Messiaen; La Nativite du Seigneur - Colin Andrews Les Corps Glorieux/Andrews Les Corps Glorieux/Andrews
Hommage a Messiaen/Colin Andrews
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Messiaen: Les Corps Glorieux/Colin Andrews
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Messiaen: l'Ascension et la Messe de la Pentecote/Andrews
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Olivier Messiaen’s French-Catholic mysticism is reflected in his unique musical vocabulary—it forms the basis of one of the most important organ repertoires of the twentieth century. His “Nativity Suite” is one of the most popular of his early organ works, offering musical meditations on the themes and characters of the Christmas story. Also included is the premiere recording of Lionel Rogg’s Hommage à Messiaen. Acclaimed organist Colin Andrews presents his own musical homage for the centenary of Messiaen’s birth (2008). Each of the seven movements of this powerful work presents a musical and theological statement, expressed in Messiaen’s unique musical vocabulary. The haunting opening creates a mystical, mantra-like atmosphere that lays the path for an hour of extraordinarily compelling music. Colin Andrews, a large Fisk organ, and the acoustics of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Greenville, NC, are the ideal ensemble for Messiaen’s mystical masterpiece. Colin Andrews, a large Fisk organ, and the acoustics of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Greenville, NC, are the ideal ensemble for Messiaen’s most popular organ work, the Ascension Suite, and his evocative Mass for Pentecost.
Messiaen: Meditations sur le mystere de la Sainte Trinite / Andrews
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Messiaen: Livre du Saint Sacrement / Andrews (2 CDs!)
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Messiaen: Livre d'Orgue and individual works / Andrews
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Intended as his final major work for organ, Messiaen's "Meditations on the Mystery of the Holy Trinity" is the culmination of his lifetime work as a composer for the organ. Begun as a set of improvisations celebrating the renovation of the organ at Trinity (and the church's 100th anniversary),  "Meditations" employs new musical languages to explore the mysteries of Christian faith. The "Livre du Saint Sacrement" is a summation of Messiaen's musical and theological persona, a statement of faith and a profound summary of his entire organ "oeuvres". Here he employs the significant compositional techniques of his life's work: modes of limited transposition, Hindu rhythms, Greek rhythms, plainsong, birdsong, "communicable language", and serialism. These elements are used to explore the mysteries of Christian faith, in this, his most massive work for organ. Messiaen's Livre d'Orgue (1951) is a technical tour de' force, demonstrating his complete mastery of Viennese serial technique, while also incorporating complex Hindu rhythmic formula and bird songs. In addition there are several popular early works, "The Celestial Banquet" and "Apparition of the Eternal Church," and three recently discovered pieces that have been rarely heard.
Messiaen: Complete Organ Works / Andrews (8 CDs!)
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The complete organ works of Olivier Messiaen, recorded on Fisk organs by Colin Andrews. Consists of six CD packages, two of which are double-CD products. They are:

LRCD-1099 Homage a Messiaen, Nativity Suite
LRCD-1100 Les Corps Glorieiux
LRCD-1117 L'Ascension, La Messe de la Pentecote
LRCD-1148-49 Livre d'Orgue and individual works
LRCD-1150 Meditations sur le Mystere de la Sainte Trinite
LRCD-1152-53 Livre du Saint Sacrement
   
 
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