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Buxtehude’s credentials solidly confirmed at the 6th of the organ series at Saint Paul’s

By , 15/07/2016
On 17 June I covered some of the background to the formidable complete organ works of Dieterich Buxtehude, after the first four of the series had eluded me (read: Middle C, or I, had neglected them, a grave oversight). Here was the 6th of the series. The first work in the programme was fairly large, employing three fugues; optimistic in tone, as the key of C major seems to inspire in... read more

An organic awakening at a Friday lunchtime at St Paul’s Cathedral

By , 17/06/2016
This was the fifth recital in the series of lunchtime recitals that are designed to cover Buxtehude’s works for the organ. Compared with the Bach family, remarkably little is known positively about Buxtehude, including the place and date of birth, though the best evidence is between 1637 and 1639 in Helsingborg (now in Sweden), a city a short distance to the north of Malmö on the Öresund, opposite Copenhagen... read more

A thousand years of church music in well chosen programme for voice and organ

The title puzzled me a little; it was a beautiful day without wind, and the winds of the organ pipes had plenty of company – there were over 70 people present. It was a very well thought-out programme, revealing thought on how to present it, and which physical positions the baritone should take up. The choice of items obviously involved quite a bit of research. The climax of the recital... read more

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

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