Magazine article The Tracker

Divine Redeemer

Magazine article The Tracker

Divine Redeemer

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Divine Redeemer, Christine Brewer, soprano; Paul Jacobs, organ. Naxos 8.573524. This beautiful recording could be the result of a joint recital of these two artists because it's the kind of program that you would be happy to listen to from start to finish, without a break. It has a lovely balance of familiar and rare items. The program starts with Bach's "Bist du bei mir" in a lush, moving performance. Jacobs follows this with flawless playing of the Bach 9/8 Prelude and Fugue, BWV 547; I was especially delighted with his solution to the curiously truncated final chord of the fugue. See if you agree.

The title track is Gounod's "O Divine Redeemer." Brewer's beautiful soprano voice has an incredible dynamic range that really stirs up the generous acoustics of Milwaukee's Church of the Gesu where this disk was recorded. She follows the Gounod with another golden oldie, Franck's Panis Angelicas.

Jacobs then plays Nadia Boulanger's Trois Pièces pour Orgue, which provide a lovely lead-in to her sister Lili's Pie Jesu, a hauntingly beautiful setting for organ and soprano. …

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