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Rob Haskins
American Record Guide, May 2016

Ms Apkalna performs on the Klais organ at Himmerod Abbey. It has a rich disposition, and the registrations she chooses for the music are appropriate. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Raymond Tuttle
Fanfare, March 2016

Apkalna’s Bach is consistently imaginative without willfulness or lapses in taste. The opening Toccata and Fugue in D Minor…gives the illusion of spontaneity. Those pregnant pauses that signal “this is great music, and you must be humbled by it” are dismissed. It is not pretentiously solemn, and it is not, thank goodness, horror-movie music. It is nine minutes and 32 seconds of excitement, and thus the cobwebs are blown away.

This is most highly recommended! © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review




Dominy Clements
MusicWeb International, December 2015

Rich and generous, this organ recording has something glorious about it at every level: Bach in which you can bathe, and Glass as refreshing as menthol. With spectacular sonics and superlative skill in performance, this is a set that comes complete with its own magnetic field. © 2015 MusicWeb International



Malcolm Riley
Gramophone, September 2015

Apkalna’s account of the C minor Passacaglia is first-rate, with nothing overblown, and she dances through the G major Prelude…

Apkalna’s technical control is staggering. Her playing has poise as well as purpose. [Glass’] ‘endless toccatas’ simply shimmer, producing a soothing, ethereal élan. Most satisfying is the Dionysian whirlwind of the Dance No 2 of 1979, the longest piece on the whole album. © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Dan Morgan
MusicWeb International, August 2015

The ubiquitous Toccata and Fugue in D minor certainly gets the blockbuster treatment here. There’s a challenging echo that Apkalna uses to great effect at the end of each flourish, and the pedals are skull-rattling. It may be a showpiece but it’s more than that in this organist’s very capable hands.

I admire the dedicated engineers who set up and record these daunting sessions, for there are so many issues to tackle. I’d say the Oehms team have done a pretty good job with this one […] the sense of space and fearless dynamics should please even the most demanding of organistas. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review




Blair Sanderson
AllMusic.com, July 2015

…Apkalna demonstrates a technical brilliance in the Glass pieces that is comparable in speed and precision to the original versions, but she shows a deeper affinity for Bach, and her playing in this part of the program is dynamic, energetic, and personally expressive. The recording in the Himmerod Abbey captures the full resonance of the church acoustics, which seem to be well-suited to the bright sonorities of the Klais Organ. © 2015 Allmusic.com Read complete review




Dominy Clements
MusicWeb International, July 2015

…this has to be one of my top organ releases of the year, from the tremendous virtuosity and impressive musicality of the playing to the remarkable quality of the recording. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review





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