Magazine article Gramophone

Rachmaninov: 'Transcriptions and Arrangements for Organ'

Magazine article Gramophone

Rachmaninov: 'Transcriptions and Arrangements for Organ'

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Rachmaninov

'Transcriptions and Arrangements for Organ' Etude-tableau, Op 39 No 9. Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op 42. Fugue (1891). Prelude, Op 32 No 11. Vocalise, Op 34 No 14a. Symphonic Dances, Op 45 (transcr Filsell, aPotts)

Jeremy Filsell org

Signum [F] SIGCD324 (77' * DDD)

Played on the Fred J Cooper Memorial Organ, Dobson Opus 76, Verizon Hall, Klmmel Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia

This is an intriguing proposition, but one that contains sufficient musical delight to warrant a serious audition. The high quality of the chosen music being a given, what does transferring it to the pipe organ add? It helps that the instrument in Philadelphia's Verizon Hall--the largest mechanical-action instrument in an American concert hall--has such a stunning sonic presence, one that, under Jeremy Filsell's masterful technique, has sufficient tonal resource to constantly refresh the ear. Every corner of its kaleidoscopic majesty is thoroughly explored. Rachmaninov's own exposure to the organ seems to have been limited to his acquaintance with Marcel Dupre through their mutual friend Nikolay Medtner. …

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