Norman Lebrecht on shifting sound worlds
Hate to rain on the parade, but I think of the music of Rheinberger as the equivalent of paint-by-numbers. I play the organ and have performed some of his stuff, but basically agree with the rival composer who said “I agree that Rheinberger is a better composer than I am. He composes for several hours a day, and I can’t compose anything unless I have an idea.”
A beautiful job! The performance is as light as air, with all the voices coming through clearly, and the organ is strong without being overpowering. The recording quality is especially good; clean and nothing tricky, with great spaciousness. The host of our choral program at WCNY will certainly want to know about this one.
Another beauty, Norman; thank you!
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