Reger: Variations & Fugue; Tanke: Wind Fantasies / Willem Tanke
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1 Hours 12 Mins.
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Notes and Editorial Reviews
This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.
This is a beautifully recorded organ disc. The SACD medium might be custom-made for the King of Instruments. Reger’s work ranges from the quietest pianissimo to the largest fortissimo – if it is a tester for your hi-fi you are after, look no further.
His Op. 73 Variations and Fugue works on the largest of canvasses. The introduction itself is nearly nine minutes long and is typically exploratory; Reger really does stretch tonality to its limits here. The theme itself is subdued, slow and pregnant with possibilities just waiting to be explored.
Reger’s range of expression is remarkably varied, from the hyper-slow
Fourth Variation to the massive sounds of the Ninth. The end is simply huge. It is true the lines of the fugue can emerge as somewhat blurred at times, but Tanke’s achievement remains memorable.
I remain less sure about Tanke’s own music. His two Fantasies recorded here apparently ‘tell’ of ‘the coming into being of the organ’. The first concerns itself with the historical breadth of the organ, the second with ‘the breath audible in the moment when the organ sounds’, i.e. the wind when the bellows send the air into the pipes. The first is, in the event, very slow-moving, focusing on shifting timbres and rather scrunchy harmonies. There is a fairly upbeat moment of timbral brightness around ten minutes in. The second Fantasy seems to commune with stasis.
Musically, the Reger is surely the best piece, though. Organ collectors may well already own the Marin Welzel Naxos recording of this piece. If Reger’s keyboard works in general appeal, I take this opportunity to restate my allegiance to Mark Latimer's Warner recording and would suggest giving this a go, too. I do wish we would hear more Reger in the concert hall, though.
-- Colin Clarke, MusicWeb International
Works on This Recording
Wind Fantaises (2) for Organ by Willem Tanke
Willem Tanke (Organ)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 2002; Netherlands (Holland
Venue: St. Laurens Church, Alkmaar, Rotterdam
Length: 28 Minutes 21 Secs.
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
Mix of old and modern organmusic November 24, 2011
By C van Belle (Dordrecht, Netherlands) See All My Reviews
"Otherwise than earlier Mr Clarke, I love in particular the pieces of Mr Tanke himself. For me, is the blending of the pipes in the music sò special. Never heard something like that. And the Floret-organ of Berkel Enschot......Unbelieveable good, also caused by the recording and the acoustics of the church. I can only say: Buy!!
I made a mistake: This review,though this Reger-cd is worth to buy, was meant for Willem Tanke: Meditations for a lent."