The major work of the concert - taking up nearly half of the time - was a piece by a composer new to me - the sonata, the 94th Psalm by Julius Reubke. This amazing composition kept one's interest throughout, with its varying moods, but always having a melodic theme, with unusual rhythms.
At the conclusion the quality of the applause by this very appreciative audience took organist Gordon Stewart visibly by surprise.
The programme's finale was the icing on the cake - The Ride of the Valkyries. One wondered how on earth could one organist replicate the sounds of a full Wagnerian orchestra? But our Gordon displayed all his powers of technique and virtuosity to bring out the fine details alongside the power of this piece of music, to give us a brilliant conclusion to an unforgettable concert, demonstrating the versatility of the Father Willis organ.
Thank you, Father Willis, and well played Gordon Stewart. Magnificent!
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|Publication:||Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)|
|Date:||Nov 12, 2004|
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