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MusicWeb International, October 2013

The four volumes have been shared by Delbert Disselhorst (nos 3 & 4) and Wolfgang Rübsam (nos 1 & 2)…Both Disselhorst and Rübsam are erstwhile pupils of Walcha, which gives their interpretations a further stamp of authority and authenticity. All volumes have been recorded on the John Brombaugh Organ at the First Presbyterian Church in Springfield, Illinois. The instrument is barely a decade old and thus benefits from modern technology, giving a satisfyingly rounded tone in a sympathetic acoustic which has been very well captured by the engineers…

The disc itself is a fine conclusion to a highly likeable cycle. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Jean-Yves Duperron
Classical Music Sentinel, October 2013

As the saying goes, “all good things must come to an end”, but it’s truly unfortunate when it applies to something this good. This recording of the Chorale Preludes Vol. 4 by organist/composer Helmut Walcha is the final volume in the series, covering all 88 of these Preludes.

Volumes 1 and 2…were recorded by organist Wolfgang Rübsam while the final two volumes were with Delbert Disselhorst. From one to the next there is no major difference in interpretation, which makes for a cohesive set from start to finish. The organ used in all four recordings is the John Brombaugh Organ…and a better match for this music’s character could not have been found. Its clear and pitch-perfect stops allow the simple clarity of the music to come through.

This is requisite study material for all organists out there, and a must-hear for any fans of pipe organ music. © 2013 Classical Music Sentinel Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, August 2013

We have come to the fourth and final volume of the Choral Preludes composed by the blind 20th century German-born organist, Helmut Walcha. Each Prelude is of modest proportions, and were apparently originally intended as teaching tools. Using an array of stops as we progress through the disc’s twenty tracks, there is also a frequent change of mood and tempo. Indeed if you have yet to start collecting the series, I would start with the easy pleasures of this disc, and then work backwards through the series. I just love Erstanden ist der heilig Christ with its pungent harmonies (track 2), and the big and bold Schmuckt das Fest mit Maien (track 4). Happiness arrives in Die helle Sonn leucht’jetzt herfur (track 9), the disc ending in elated triumph with an extended Postludium. As a pupil of the great man, we must consider these performances as a safe guide to the composer’s wishes, the works recorded on a relatively new organ completed in 2004…It is a three manual instrument whose pipes have been fashioned to give a singing tone, its quality and church acoustic offering excellent clarity. Imposing sound. © David’s Review Corner

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