Pachelbel: Organ Works Vol II

Matthew Owens, now Organist and Master of the Choristers at Wells Cathedral, continues his survey of Johann Pachelbel’s organ music on British instruments. For volume II, Owens has chosen the Frobenius organ of Edinburgh’s Canongate Kirk, renowned for its intimacy and fine pedigree. Its sophisticated tones and colours are heard here in the service of Pachelbel’s devout and wide-ranging inspiration.

"No reservations at all about Matthew Owens's first-rate playing. His articulation and ornamentation are always stylistically appropriate and he has the knack of choosing tempi which feel exactly right."

"this is a pleasant listen and collectors of organ music will want to investigate further."


"Owen’s unaffected performances strike a pleasing and delicate balance between intellectual rigour and expressive insight."

"I recommend this disc most highly, both for the performances and the rich repertoire that, thanks to Owen and Delphian, we are now getting to know properly."


"Pachelbel’s engaging and inventive music is performed on this disc by an organist who communicates both its lyricism and its ingeniousness."


"Matthew Owens is a very impressive player – and so he should be, given some of his teachers. He applies a clear articulation to individual notes and has a pleasing sense of pulse and rhetoric, applying a gentle lilt to key notes (avoiding mannered over-stressing of each barlline)."


Producer: Paul Baxter
Recording Venue: Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh
Recording Dates: 13-14 October 2005
Release Date: 29 September 2008
Catalogue No: DCD34031
Total playing time: 1:12:01

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