Magazine article The Tracker

Christian Lane

Magazine article The Tracker

Christian Lane

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Christian Lane, organist, playing the Opus 869, 1920 Casavant in l'Église des Saints-Anges Gardiens, Lachine. ATMA Classique, ACD2 2674. Available from atmaclassique.com (or Naxos). The Canadian International Organ Competition (CIOC) was inaugurated in 2008 and the winner, Frédéric Champion, was featured on ATMA Classique ACD2 2604. I gave this CD a rave review.

The second winner of the CIOC was Christian Lane in 2012. He likewise is featured on a CD, and like Champion, is playing a vintage Casavant. Champion recorded on the Opus 615, 1915 organ in l'Église SaintJean-Baptiste in Montreal. One suspects this may be the pattern for this competition held every three years - that the winner records a program on a vintage Casavant organ.

There is a definite contrast between the Champion and Lane CDs. It is hard to say how much of this is because of differences in the playing personalities of the two organists, the differences in the organs or the programs. The overall impression of Champion's performance is of great excitement throughout; with Lane it is more an impression of sustained and relaxed beauty.

Of course, the Casavants have been "restored" in recent times, so they both have brighter reeds and mixtures than they probably started out with. …

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