Organist's skills put to the test in range of works
ON HIS first visit to the above venue, James Scott as well as being a verger at Bath Abbey is an active organ recitalist and accompanist in Bath and the surrounding area.
He trained at Trinity College, London and the Guildhall School of Music.
The first of two pieces by J.S.Bach was Fantasie in G subtitled Piece d'Orgue. Written in the French Style the opening and closing sections are in toccata form whilst the central solemn episode is altogether a quieter section where we hear a rising theme before the grand finale.
For the second work we had an altogether softer work with one of the composer's simpler arrangements of the Chorale Erbarm'dich where the tune sings in the upper line above an unwavering bass clef.
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John Stanley (1712-1786) was famous as an organist and composed three volumes of organ voluntaries. He was the youngest to get a B.Mus at Oxford but one rarely hears much of his music apart from his Trumpet Voluntary.
We now came to the 20th century part of the programme beginning with the slow Aria by the Dutch composer Flor Peeters where James cleverly used the oboe stop to emphasise the main theme with a rather discordant accompaniment.
However it was quite pleasant hearing it for the first time and once again the soloist used an excellent selection of stops.
Henri Mulet's Noel is No 8 from Esquisses Byzantine. It is a graceful work and though short is easy listening.
The last offering was the mighty Grand Choeur Alla Handel by another French organist Guilmant who was renowned for writing testing music for organists.
This has a powerful opening which then brings us to a quieter section before the original themes resurface to integrate to bring the recital to a rousing conclusion.