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Decker: Decker Plays Decker

Magazine article Gramophone

Decker: Decker Plays Decker

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Decker

'Decker Plays Decker, Vol 3--Suite Dreams and Fantasies' On this day, earth shall ring. El tigre. La pantera. Liturgical Suite. Ave maris Stella. Jesu, dulcis memoria. Golden Gates

Pamela Decker org

Loft Recordings (F) LRCD1130 (67' * DDD) Played on the DA Flentrop organ of St Mark's Cathedral, Seattle

Seattle's mighty Flentrop for Pamela Decker's own music

Aside from the regal Flentrop organ at St Mark's Cathedral in Seattle, the star of Tucson-based Pamela Decker's new recital of her own music (her third for the Loft label) is the nine-minute La pantera, composed in 2009 for the composer's husband, Ken Yuki, also an organist and composer. With a quirky narrative path that lands the listener in unexpected places like the best new Bach fugue you've heard in a long time, a sense of abandon unusual even for non-organists and Roger Sherman's full-range recording, La pantera makes a perfect audiophile demonstration piece.

Also of note is Decker's Golden Gates, a tour deforce that pays homage to the city of San Francisco through the arresting development and relationship of a series of themes representing, mostly at subtle levels, the diversity of ethnic influences that characterise the West Coast. …

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