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Scott Cantrell
The Dallas Morning News, October 2003

"George Baker is one of the most brilliant of the many outstanding organists who've come out of Southern Methodist University. But having won the major competitions and gone on to a doctorate in organ performance, he got a medical degree and started practicing dermatology. Lately, though, he has returned to the organ with new zeal and even begun to revive his concert career.

Here, he adds a volume to Naxos' survey of the complete organ works of the great French organist-composer Marcel Dupre (1886-1971). The 79 Chorales , 10 of which are included here, are student pieces, albeit beautifully crafted in a neo-Bachian idiom, and the hefty tone poem Vision rambles. But the Second Symphony is a flashy, spiky showpiece, and Zephyrs , a reconstruction of one of Dupre's famous improvisations, is an exhilarating scherzo-toccata. Dr. Baker plays with virtuosity and grace, and, from purr to thunder, the organ in SMU's resonant Perkins Chapel does a good imitation of its French cathedral models."





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