horizontal line

The organ at the Church of the Transfiguration in Orleans is an ongoing project by Nelson Barden uniting elements from 17 different organs by E.M. Skinner. It is located in chambers hung from the ceiling along the full length of the church’s side aisles. When completed it will have fully 12,000 pipes and 150 ranks. While the scale of the organ versus that of the church flirts with the absurd, the quality of the Skinner material is clear for all to hear and the room does at least provide some ‘bloom’. Among SharonRose Pfeiffer’s meaty programme, Larry King’s Resurrection provides an appropriately American- flavoured opening with the soaring big reed in the central section. The organ sounds at its best here and in the excerpts from Eben’s Job. BWV 651 on a traditional plenum is rather dull and the first movement of Widor’s Sixth Symphony never quite catches fire. The Sortie from Messiaen’s Messe de la Pentecôte is spoiled by the collapse in tempo when the hands cross on the fourth page and a slightly disjointed performance of the Reubke Sonata features a curious misreading at the E major dotted unison chords in the final fugue; B should become B sharp in soprano and tenor on the third beat semiquaver.

CHRIS BRAGG Read the full review on Agora Classica


   Read full review   


To continue reading, please upgrade to a premium account. You will have immediate full access.



Read more classical music reviews online here:



Choir & Organ, 2019 - ©Rhinegold Publishing