ED2021 Music Reviews

Sounds On Saturday – Organ Colours 4 (Jordan English)

By | Published on Tuesday 17 August 2021

This entrancing organ recital programme, like the mighty Rieger organ itself, was a blend of old and new. The positioning of the instrument in the south transept gave a feeling of intimacy absent in many cathedrals and Jordan English’s sensitive playing exploited this to the full. JS Bach’s early ‘Prelude And Fugue In C Minor BWV 549’ dominated with its expressive resonance. ‘Berceuse À La Mémoire De Louis Vierne’ by Pierre Cochereau, touchingly based on the lullaby ‘Dodo, L’enfant Do’, gave an impression of light following dark. Herbert Howell’s ‘Master Tallis’ Testament’ was gently melodic and ‘Evocation 1’ by George Baker tranquil. However, the joie de vivre of Louis Vierne’s ‘Final (Symphonie VI)’ interrupted the reverie and prepared our return into the jostling Royal Mile!

St Giles’ Cathedral, run ended.
tw rating 4/5 | [Louise Rodgers]