This is the sixth CD in an excellent series by Guild concentrating on the rarely heard organ and orchestra genre. Franz Hauk and Markus Poschner team up to provide a series of showstoppers and barnstormers coupled with some quieter moments.
The Paër concerto is an interesting document with a typical piano part substituted by the organ. It does make for some pleasant listening but is definitely nothing to write home about. Langalis' 'Choral' is a short majestic piece that is better suited to Hauk's virtuoso powers.
Schneider's 'Echo' Concert is a very innovative piece that plays on the echoing capabilities of the instrument and provides an intriguing look at such effects. My favourite piece on this disc is definitely Widor's bombastic 'Salvum fac populum tuum', really great stuff that gets quite emotional at its loud end!
Langlais returns with his Theme and Variations for vast resources that brings the house down but Haul and Poschner choose a Bach gem to end the disc on a pensive note. The organist provides suitably detailed notes and the whole project is one to be recommended wholeheartedly.
Copyright © 2003, Gerald Fenech