Jens F. Laurson
, March 2012
I have followed the organ recordings and arrangements of Hansjörg Albrecht on the (always excellent sounding) Oehms SACDs with varying enthusiasm. The latest, which opens with the Sinfonia in D for Organ and Orchestra (in the orchestra-less transcription of Marcel Dupré), might just be the best; it unequivocally rocks.
This time he tackles Clavier-Übung Part II, which contains the Italian Concerto BWV 971 and the French Overture BWV 831, both in arrangements for the organ (from the two manual harpsichord) by Albrecht himself. He throws a few other goodies into the mix…and finally a piece actually written for the organ… As curious as a mix this might seem on paper, it comes together marvelously well on the 1977 Muhleisen Organ of St. Paul (Harsewinkel).
The result is a splendid mix of the structure of Bach and the exuberance of the French romantic organ, i.e. César Franck-ish. The more straightforward transcriptions of the Italian Concerto and French Overture that make the heart of this disc are perfectly rousing in their lush grand-organic style. © 2012 Ionarts Read complete review