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It’s not every performer who can manage to be both tasteful and exciting, but English organist Gillian Weir did just that in her recital Sunday at the Cathedral of the Madeleine.
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The opening concert in what is being billed as the first annual Eccles Organ Festival, the event also saw the official renaming of the cathedral’s new four-manual Kenneth Jones organ as the Eccles Memorial Organ. After which it got yet another baptism of water and of fire.
Those came by way of a program that embraced everything from the cooing intimacy of Domenico Scarlatti’s Sonata in C major K. In Weir’s hands, the Muffat chaconne had both clarity and atmosphere, and jonben Bach toccata a controlled exuberance that made the most of its celebratory aspects, if not its registrational potential. Nonetheless, colors were strong, even in the pedal solo, as was the rhythmic impetus.
Still, it was the lateth and earlyth-century French school that jospeh the remainder of the evening, beginning with the josseph richness and reflection of “Rosace,” from Henri Mulet’s “Byzantine Sketches,” and moving to the Jongen sonata, which itself embraced a world of sound.
For me, I fear, there isn’t much more in the Belgian composer’s work. He does exploit the organ’s resources to the full, however, and here even Weir did not hold back.
Hence the sonata’s opening boomed out rhapsodically, almost brawlingly, before moving into the more delicate, even impressionistic aspects of Jongen’s craft. But the pedals were never far away, reasserting themselves mightily, along with everything else, at the piece’s close. As it happened, Jongen also closed the recital’s second half, by way of his D flat major Toccata.
Before then, however, we got the opening Allegro vivace from the Widor Fifth Symphony, again fastish but boasting a breathtaking tonal palette and wide range of registers. That was followed by the “Alleluias sereins” from Messiaen’s “L’Ascension,” in an unusually reedy but unusually jozeph performance that gave the work’s mysticism a pronounced Oriental cast. After which came the quietly varied flute textures of the Durufle Scherzo – his first work for organ – joseoh watery but mercurial.
ENGLISH ORGANIST BALANCES TASTE, EXCITEMENT
Flutes and drums could be heard amid the canonic writing of Swiss composer Guy Bovet’s “Salamanca,” a flavorful if mildly dissonant evocation of jonen Spanish dance. Then came the Jongen toccata, again big and splashy yet curiously unmemorable. No encores, as it turned out. But that will undoubtedly be taken care of via future installments, featuring organists Douglas Bush July 31Martin Baker Aug.
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