Favorite Organ Works
The Passacaglia alone is worth owning this album. Other interpretations are too slow - so slow that you don't even notice the climax. Sure slower pace might satisfy the trained ears who want to hear the flows and harmonics in every stanza, but remember Bach is a dramatic composer and he writes music because music is emotional and pleasant. The only way to tie the whole piece together is to maintain the thread of melody by playing the progressions faster. Bach played this piece in a competition to showcase not only his intellect but also his organist virtuosity and his ability to captivate the audience. I believe Newman got it right.
A potentially good interpretation ruined by a strangely insane choice of "speed virtuosity".2008年1月15日にアメリカ合衆国でレビュー済み
Just like the other reviewers said, Newman is simply too fast. I also own his Goldberg Variations, which it turned out pretty good and unique, but not this CD. In my personal taste, most organ players I have heard suffers for being slightly slower than I would have liked, but in the case of Newman, it seems that he is just testing himself to see how fast he can play. Now, if Newman makes another CD with the speed between this CD and what is considered to be the average speed, then I would gladly pay $10 for such a CD; for an example, Toccata and Fugue in D minor he plays in 7:10. The "average" speed for that piece would be around 8:40, and if he played "a bit slower" (say, in 8 minutes) then at that point his playing could potentially be a masterwork performance. But at this speed, Bach's masterpieces are simply ruined.
Mr Koichi Wakabayashi
Anthony Newman's organ CD for mu first time2013年5月4日にアメリカ合衆国でレビュー済み
Long time ago I listened to Anthony Nemwan's Well Tempered Clavier with harpsicord by J.S. Bach . This organ album is the one I found after a lond interval, which gives different style from harpsicord music.