Liszt, Gigout

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COMPOSERS: Gigout,Liszt
LABELS: Guild
ALBUM TITLE: Collection: John Scott
WORKS: Fantasia and Fugue on Ad nos, ad salutarem undam; Grand choeur dialogué
PERFORMER: John Scott (organ)
CATALOGUE NO: GMCD 7128 1984
The organ at St Paul’s Cathedral is perhaps not the easiest instrument to record, but this disc does capture its cornucopian resources extremely well. The instrument’s potential for tremendous power and a wide range of colourful and (despite the acoustic) detailed sonorities is exploited well by Scott in this re-release. His playing is always judiciously measured in the overt French repertoire and suitably ruminative in the volatile Liszt Fantasia. The Langlais, ‘La cinquième trompette’ from his Méditations sur l’apocalypse (1973), is almost life-transforming in its persuasiveness. Andrew McCrea

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