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The Critic's Chair series ended in March 2015.

Radio New Zealand Organ Week

This week John Wells exchanges the organ loft for The Critic's Chair.

ORGBuxtehude: Organ Works
Richard Apperley (org)
(Organism ORG 005)

It’s great to see NZ organists continuing to produce fine CDs.   Richard Apperley uses the Flentrop organ in St Paul’s Lutheran Church, Newtown, where the organ nicely provides the sonorities needed for this repertory.   There are some beautiful sounds here and clean, rhythmic and reliable playing.

web cover pmr couperin tibbles zoomF. COUPERIN:  The Complete Organ Masses
James Tibbles (org)
(Paladino Music pmr 0020)

James Tibbles has gone to a place a stone’s throw from where Couperin grew up and plays a remarkable organ which Couperin must surely have used.  Tibbles’ performance is exemplary.  For my taste he is a little reserved at times,  but he can certainly crank things up.


Signum Classics SIGCDWIDOR: The Organ Symphonies Vol. 1: Symphony No 5 Op 42; Symphony No 6 Op 42
Joseph Nolan (org)
(Signum Classics SIGCD292)

Joseph Nolan comes to us with impressive credentials.  Nolan has worked at the Chapel Royal and recorded on some very high-profile instruments such at St. Sulpice and St. Ouen, Rouen.  He has played and recorded at Buckingham Palace and the Auckland Town Hall, as some very fortunate audience members may recall last year.  Here is passionate and vital playing; there is very difficult music here technically and Nolan just shrugs it off.

Signum Classics SIGCDJ.S. Bach 1714 Gottfried Silbermann Organ of Freiberg Cathedral
BACH: Toccata, Adagio & Fugue in C BWV564; Organ Concerto in A minor BWV593; Chorale Prelude, Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele BWV654; Prelude & Fugue in B minor BWV544; Chorale Prelude, Vater unser im Himmelreich BWV682; Prelude & Fugue in G BWV541; Chorale Prelude, O Mensch, bewein' dein' Sünde groß BWV622; Passacaglia & Fugue in C minor BWV582
David Goode (org)
(Signum Classics SIGCD 261)

Here Goode presents an all-Bach programme, chosen in such an order as to make a recital programme of contrasting pieces that can be listened to straight through, although, at a generous 80 minutes plus, you might take a coffee break at some stage!  With the opening Toccata, Adagio and Fugue, Goode immediately establishes himself as a player with a great deal of character himself.