The “sevenfold gifts” of this recording are the seven
individual sets of variations on pre-composed tunes…
…played beautifully by a sensitive and creative
We often assume that an organ recording will
begin with a
showpiece that lets the organ burst out of your speakers at the first chord.
How refreshing to hear a more introspective work that evolves more slowly and
gently to begin a recording, as if this recording were detaching the listener
from the secular into the world of a sacred space.
… again shows the beautiful clarity and sound and singing
quality of the organ. It is a pleasure to hear such beautiful voicing of
Pamela Decker’s Home Suite Home is another set of five variations, which introduces
the various families of organ tone; principals, flutes, strings and reeds… the
San Francisco variation refers to a type of jazz associated with that city, and
at the same time bears a very subtle resemblance to a rather post-Duruflé kind
The set of variations by Florence Beatrice Price… is a real
catalog of various styles. Everything is here, from a simple chorale-like
setting, to a theatre-styled variation, to a short character piece to a
French-styled Widor/Vierne symphonic French toccata!
The two well-known works on this recording are Bach’s
monumental Passacaglia, BWV 582,
Felix Mendelssohn’s Sonatas, op.
65 … this reminds this reviewer of just how flexible an instrument of 18 stops
can be to bring these masterworks alive under the hands of an artist
What an inspiring recording of excellent playing on a fine
instrument by a sensitive and musical artist. Give yourself a gift
these sevenfold gifts from this recording by Margaret Martin Kvamme.