This new recording of some of Cesar Franck's greatest organ works by the widely praised young British organist Colin Walsh, Organist Laureate, at the magnificent instrument in Lincoln Cathedral is a significant addition to the catalogue of organ music. From the Trois Chorales, composed in Franck's final months - he kept the manuscript of them by his death-bed - to the well-known Pièce Héroïque and the beautiful Cantabile, this collection spans virtually the entire gamut of this great composer's music for the one instrument above all which is central to his art. The recording quality is state-of-the-art.
“Walsh is an instinctive Franck-ophile, adept at intimacy as well as pompous-free grandeur.”
2nd January 2009
“Colin Walsh impresses from start to finish with playing that abounds in insight and sensitivity. Especially impressive is Walsh’s astute selection of tempi – breathing life into the soul of the music...The Lincoln Cathedral acoustic is pleasing and is here warm and admirably balanced.”
Church Music Quarterly
“Walsh’s cantabile playing is second to none: a combination of perfect legato and a profound sense of the musical direction of each phrase...The interpretations are highly dramatic and he is not afraid to use the swell pedal with vigour, yet Colin Walsh is, at all times, fully in control of the architecture of even the largest works.”
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