Pachelbel: Organ Works

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Revered teacher, organ virtuoso, master of counterpoint, devotee of the chorale, enthusiast for the Italian forms, pathfinder and worthy predecessor of Bach: Johann Pachelbel is a composer ripe for re-evaluation, and Matthew Owens presents a selection of his works on the UK’s only Ahrend organ, an instrument of exceptional refinement. The voicing is direct and clear yet full of subtleties, and is heard to best effect in this completely satisfying union of instrument, repertoire and performer.

"The UK's only Ahrend proves itself an articulate advocate for Pachelbel … vivid recorded sound adds to the pleasure"

"This rigorously compiled tribute to Johann Pachelbel, featuring former Edinburgh cathedral organist Matthew Owens, opts sensibly for the German Baroque-style Ahrend organ in Edinburgh University’s Reid Concert Hall, where its relative isolation and direct acoustics provide an excellent recording environment. Owen’s dynamically articulated performances and sensibility of phrasing continually open the ears to the inventiveness of Pachelbel’s Italian-inspired music."

Producer: Paul Baxter
Venue: Reid Concert Hall, Edinburgh
Recording Dates: 16 & 17 November 2004
Release Date: 18 June 2007
Catalogue No: DCD34021
Total playing time: 1:16:42

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