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J S Bach – The Six Organ Sonatas (George Wilson)

By | Published on Wednesday 31 August 2011

It’s rare that a concert venue does so much to impair an audience’s enjoyment of the music it presents, but the fact that Canongate Kirk’s pews face directly away from the organ being played meant that we had no connection with the musician at the keys. The instrument itself, designed to accompany church services, doesn’t flatter Bach’s famous pieces, though the technical abilities of performer George Wilson were brilliant considering these were originally written for four distinct instruments; Wilson’s hands and feet worked furiously. A musically interesting and technically complex trio of organ sonatas was lost in the rafters as all we had to watch were a few old flags nudging at the ceiling.

Canongate Kirk, 18 – 19 Aug, 5.00pm (5.45pm), £8.00 – £10.00, fpp n/a
tw rating 2/5