Band of Angels, Op.85
Das wohltemperierte Klavier [The Well-Tempered Clavier] – Book II: Prelude and Fugue in E, BWV878; Book I: Prelude and Fugue in C sharp minor, BWV849; Prelude and Fugue in B flat minor, BWV867
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op.87 – No.4 in E; No.15 in D flat [arr. Christian Wilson]
Christian Wilson (organ)
Reviewed by: Edward Clark
Reviewed: 7 April, 2011
Venue: St John’s, Smith Square, London
Starting and finishing with two rarities with a Swiss theme he combined the piece d’occasion by David Matthews, in which the composer incorporates a Swiss traditional melody with more flamboyant sounds surrounding it, with a truly uproarious piece by the Swiss organist Guy Bovet (the title remained unexplained!): a type of modern toccata which would help any adventurous bride on her exit from church! More serious sounds came from the three pieces originating from J. S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, played on the organ with relish. Wilson arranged the two Shostakovich works from the piano originals with deft regard for the organ. If No.4 was a bit ineffective (in any medium) the lively No.15 was more typical of the jazz-inspired pieces we know and love of Shostakovich’s for orchestra.