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CHAN 10463 - Iain Quinn - Czech Music for Organ
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Available From: 01 April 2008
The Welsh organist, choral director and composer Iain Quinn is based in the USA as Director of Cathedral Music and Organist at the Cathedral Church of St John in Albuquerque, New Mexico. As an organist he has performed throughout the world, for example at Alice Tully Hall, New York, Washington National Cathedral, Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnis-Kirche, Berlin and Melba Hall, Melbourne.

This new recording is devoted to Czech organ music and includes pieces by Novák, Janácek, Dvorák and Smetana and the solitary organ work of Martinu. The pieces are linked by the historical legacy of a composition teacher/pupil relationship. The largest work is the St Wenceslas Triptych by Vítezslav Novák, which is of equal scale to the great romantic organ works of Liszt and Reubke.

Iain Quinn explains that the Norwich Cathedral organ ‘offers a symphonic dimension in its specification that is especially well suited to this repertoire’. When this sound is coupled with the splendid acoustic of the Cathedral the results are glorious.

Previously on Chandos Iain Quinn has performed Russian organ music on a disc titled Tsar of Instruments. Of this recording Gramophone wrote, ‘Iain Quinn is outstanding and his skilful, polished use of the organ makes this one of the best CDs you’ll hear of that instrument’. Quinn’s recording of American Organ music on the organ of Coventry Cathedral will be released on Chandos later in 2008.

The large, symphonically scoped organ of England’s Norwich Cathedral suits the repertoire very well. Iain Quinn’s performances seem ideal, and Chandos’s sound is clear and resonant

The playing of this young musician is, as I have implied, very fine and at all timed highly musical. His registrations are excellent and the detail of his part playing is first-class. Here is a rare collection, splendidly presented and recorded, which is very strongly recommended.
International Record Review


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