Brahms, Guilmant, Nielsen, O Lindberg, Howells, Lemare, etc

Album title:
Collection: Organ Dreams, Vol. 3
Brahms, etc, Guilmant, Howells, Lemare, Nielsen, O Lindberg
Christopher Herrick (organ)
Catalogue Number:
CDA 67317
BBC Music Magazine
Christopher Herrick’s previous recitals in this series have brought together some interesting musical pairings, but at first glance here I did wonder at two such unlikely bedfellows as Albert Ketèlbey and Brahms sharing the limelight. In fact, the programme works exceptionally well when listened through in sequence. A generous dose of nostalgia opens the proceedings with Edwin Lemare’s Moonlight and Roses Andantino and Ketèlbey’s In a Monastery Garden, the Father Willis organ of Truro Cathedral passing off wonderfully vivid imitations of a theatre organ and birdsong along the way. Sverre Eftestøl’s delightful skit on the folksong ‘Dance to your Daddy’ almost steals the show, its stuttering false starts and whirling cross-rhythms deftly and wittily played by Herrick. Guilmant’s Marche de procession marks a change of mood and pace with its sombre yet richly expressive set of variations on two liturgical melodies, and the bitter-sweet harmonic twists and turns of Howells’s Rhapsody in D flat only serves to intensify the sense of deepening introspection. Herrick gives a compelling performance here, judging the heart-wrenching climax to perfection. Brahms is given the final word with his valedictory Chorale Preludes, Op. 122, Herrick shaping each melodic line with great tenderness. Stephen Haylett
Bach: Inventions, BWV 772, 773, 774, 775, 776, 777, 778, 779, 780, 781, 782, 783, 784, 785, 786; Sinfonias, BWV 787, 789, 790, 791, 792, 793, 794, 795, 796, 797, 798, 799, 800, 801; Duettos, BWV 802, 803, 804, 805
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