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companion organ CDs


Ode Records    MANU 1539
Atoll    ACD 600

Let the Pealing Organ Blow! Martin Setchell plays the Christchurch Town Hall Rieger Pipe Organ (c) 1997 Ode Records

 

Christchurch in New Zealand has an excellent 1997 Rieger organ in its Town Hall, and an organist with a technique to match. Most importantly, the two make good music together. Furthermore, a situation like this requires a musical balance, Bach one moment and Sousa the next.

Martin Setchell is a Britisher who emigrated to New Zealand and combines a music lecturing post at Christchurch University with organ playing. He obviously enjoys the challenge.

The first record combines genuine organ music with transcriptions, and manages the ultimate test of making the latter appear to be close cousins of the former.

Amongst 37 pieces divided between the two CDs, Bach's Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C retains its dramatic qualities with rhythmic snap to just the right consistency [listen -- MANU 1539 track 6, 0:00-1:15]; likewise Franck's A minor Choral breathes naturally as the pulse's give-and-take is applied.

Bonbons for Organ. Martin Setchell plays the Rieger Organ in the Christchurch Town Hall, New Zealand (c) 2000 Atoll CD Ltd.

Martin Setchell pops in and out of the serious and entertaining with ease and spontaneity. Amongst the favourites are the Flight of the Bumble Bee, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Washington Post, a three-piece suite of his own, and Guy Bovet's pounding Hamburger Totentanz [listen -- ACD 600 track 22, 2:52-3:57].

 

Copyright © 4 April 2001 Basil Ramsey, Eastwood, Essex, UK

 

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