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Final concert in marathon Bach organ project at Cathedral of Saint Paul

Yet another varied programme in the Bach Project, for this final concert in the year-long project. This time, being at a more user-friendly hour than most of the performances have been, there was a good-sized audience. There was an Advent and Christmas theme running through the choice of chorale preludes. Opening with a chorale prelude that was not familiar to me, though on a very familiar chorale: ‘Wachet auf, ruft... read more

Bach Choir hits the Christmas Spot

By , 28/11/2015

Into the beautifully-appointed spaces of St.Peter-on-Willis's Church came the Bach Choir, with conductor Peter de Blois and organist Douglas Mews, to perform an inventive and intriguing selection of Christmas music.

Audience participation was definitely on the agenda - at the top of the list of items, and styled as an "audience carol" no less, was "O come, all ye faithful" - which contributed greatly to the concert's overall... read more

Monumental complete organ works of Bach continue from organists of St Paul’s Cathedral

Another varied programme in the Bach Project – this was concert no 25! – greeted a fairly sparse audience. Several of the items, identified by the German word ‘deest’, are not to be found in the Bach catalogue (BWV), and a number of others are catalogued in the appendices (Anh.). So these are probably heard much less frequently than those with BWV numbers. In speaking to the audience before playing... read more

Just a half hour of St Andrew’s organ before you go home: Bach and Pärt

By , 04/08/2015
Middle C is a little red-faced on account of neglecting this interesting and unusual series of organ recitals at St Andrew’s. Though we’ve had them listed from the start, our reviewers have failed to find their way to the church at this after-work time-slot. The first thing to note is that St Andrew’s is one of Wellington’s many churches that has a good pipe organ which presumably gets a work-out... read more

An impressive, major programme in the series of Bach’s complete organ music at St Paul’s Cathedral

The programme this time was in the early evening, rather than lunchtime, enabling a good-sized audience to attend.  The items were chosen for the recital by ballot, and it was interesting to see a mixture of well-known and lesser known works appearing. Under the hands (and feet) of two organists who play here regularly, the music of Bach did not suffer  (with one or two minor exceptions) from the muddied... read more

Benefit for organist Thomas Gaynor, studying in United States, covers satisfying range of organ masterworks

Approximately 50 people were there to hear Thomas Gaynor on a welcome return to his home city, from study in the USA The opening  item was full-on organ music, from one of the masters of the French organ school (Vierne’s dates: 1870-1937), but there were subtle contrasts in texture and volume, and melodies interwove the more dogmatic passages ... read more

Douglas Mews makes most of St Andrew’s chamber organ’s limitations in fine Bach performances

As Douglas Mews explained to the audience, Bach wrote many pieces for keyboard that could be played in the domestic setting.  This meant they were probably most often heard in his day and after on the harpsichord, but the clavichord, chamber organ and piano would all have been used.  These works do not come under the umbrella of the 330th birthday celebration at Wellington Cathedral of St. Paul, where... read more

The Bach Project splendidly under way on the St Paul’s Cathedral organ

By , 31/03/2015
Middle C’s neglect so far of this momentous project, the performance of all, yes all, of Bach’s compositions for the organ is regrettable: caused by absences from Wellington, conflicting obligations. In my case, the Nelson Chamber Music Festival, Napier’s production of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, escapes to sun on the Horowhenua coast, and the past fortnight in Auckland and the far North. Most of the musical fraternity know something of Bach’s... read more

Brief and benign “Spanish Disquisition” on St.Andrews’ Chamber Organ

Although relatively short, and not well attended, the organ recital was interesting, in that it introduced an organist new to most of us, was played entirely on the small baroque organ, and consisted almost entirely of Spanish organ music, which I am sure was new to everyone in the audience. Pedals were not part of the design of Spanish organs (or indeed many others) at the period covered by the... read more

Unorthodox organist Christopher Hainsworth with brilliant late trumpeter Nicolas Planchon

A concert of two halves, the result of trumpeter Nicolas Planchon being held up, courtesy of airlines, in Dubai.  The outcome for the sizeable audience on Sunday afternoon was a recital that included the organist’s cellist son playing a borrowed cello and downloaded music.  A free concert was announced for the following lunchtime, by which hour the absent trumpeter would have arrived.  Inevitably, not so many people could avail... read more

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