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Organ Gloriosa I

K&K 41

In Honour of the Prince of Homburg

Ulrike Northoff, organ
The Great Buergy-Organ in the Bad Homburg Church Castle
K&K Verlagsanstalt KuK41 56m DDD
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This fine compilation of show stopping organ works is done full justice by the imposing Bad Homburg Church Organ played with relish and gusto by Ulrike Northoff. Starting off with Bach, appropriately enough, she gives a titanic interpretation of the 'Great' Fantasia and Fugue, BWV 542 although I marginally prefer other established stalwarts in this repertoire such as Peter Hurford and Helmut Walcha (on Decca and DG respectively).

The rarely heard Sonata by Bach's son Carl Philipp Emanuel also comes across quite nicely as does an interesting discovery by Christian Rinck, a rather obscure name whose Concerto for organ (originally for flute) certainly warrants some attention. We finally conclude with some Mendelssohn, his fourth sonata which comes across very well played indeed.

K&K's presentation is quite excellent with expansive notes and some very striking photographs. The sound is very vivid and immediate although some boom is also detected due to the large, cavernous acoustic.

Copyright © 2008, Gerald Fenech

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