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Jens F. Laurson
Ionarts, 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

Lee Passarella
Audiophile Audition, October 2011

Albrecht’s own arrangement of the other half of Bach’s Clarvier-Übung Part 2 is…successful. Here, Bach trades Italian brilliance for French stateliness, and that air of grandeur is immediately captured in the strutting dotted rhythms of the Ouverture. Perhaps the great variety of expression that Bach achieves in his suite of stylized dances makes this a more promising subject for transcription. Albrecht is able to make a number of telling executive decisions as far as coloration is concerned. He keeps the series of gavottes, passepieds, and bourrées light and airy for the most part; for the concluding Echo he balances a heftier “symphonic” sound against the more soloistic answering echo. In all, this is a pretty effective transcription.

…very well played…by Hansjörg Albrech… Oehms’ SACD recording is pretty grand, too, with a canny sense of depth and churchy ambience. Read complete review

Scott Noriega
Fanfare, September 2011

The Passacaglia is well played…Though the current release may seem an odd program on paper, it works…

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