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James A Altena
Fanfare, July 2018

Kelemen is an organist who is able to play Bach with a weighty gravitas that never bogs down into turgid plodding, and he turns in one of the finest renditions of the mighty Passacaglia in C Minor that I’ve ever heard. © 2018 Fanfare Read complete review



Marc Rochester
Gramophone, April 2018

This is solid, heavy, monumental Bach. The Hungarian organist Joseph Kelemen adds weight to this programme of Bach works which are predominantly in C minor with registrations—fully detailed in the booklet—which give a thorough workout to the hefty 16ft Principal on the Hauptwerk, the chorus reeds and this historic organ’s decidedly meaty pleno. © 2018 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Dominy Clements
MusicWeb International, March 2018

These are all highly skilled performances, with Joseph Kelemen keeping steady tempi but not lacking in expressive movement, allowing each piece its own space by refusing to give in to virtuoso display but not giving in to overly reverential churchiness. The scale of the organ mitigates against anything other than reasonably moderate tempi in any case, as anything too wild would result in too much loss of clarity. This is not an effect of resonance, as the Klosterkirche sounds spacious but by no means vast, but the sheer scale of the instrument invites weighty playing, and Kelemen has my deepest respect for finding an ideal balance for each piece. © 2018 MusicWeb International Read complete review





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