Magazine article The Tracker

Concertos Pour Orgue

Magazine article The Tracker

Concertos Pour Orgue

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Haydn and Poulenc: Concertos pour Orgue. Georges Athanasiadès organist, the Eurasia Sinfonietta conducted by Jin Wang, Tudor Musique oblige 7164.

Having the same musicians and organ in music as different as Haydn and Poulenc is a stretch, but these forces pull it off quite well. George Athanasiades is a native of western Switzerland the Canon of the Abbaye de Saint-Maurice and titular organist of the Basilica. The Eurasia Sinfonietta was founded in 2009 by Jin Wang with members from Europe and Asia who form a bridge between the two continents.

The organ is a large instrument built in 1986 by Karl Schuke of Berlin for a rebuilt church, which is the Great Hall of Würzburg's Julius-Maximilians-Universität. The stoplist has French Romantic ingrethents that serve well in the Poulenc but there are clear and crisp sounds for the Haydn as well. The photograph of the organ in the notes would indicate the keydesk is hidden by a large 8' Rückpositiv. …

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