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Rieger at Scots'


The Rieger at Scots' / Douglas Lawrence, organ

  • Published by Move Records [MD3244] — 1 CD
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So just what does one play to demonstrate the resources of a large, beautifully voiced new organ? Douglas Lawrence has tried here to show something of the immensely wide tonal palette available on the Rieger organ at The Scots' Church in Melbourne, completed in 1999.

On one disc it is not possible to give more than an aural glimpse of the endless possibilities in an organ as fine as this one. Nonetheless, there are magic sounds here and the listener will hear examples of many classical registrations from the great periods of composition.


Track Listing

Prelude, Fugue and Chaconne in C (Buxtehude)
Three Choral Preludes (Buxtehude)
Ciacona in E minor (Buxtehude)

Chorale Partita (Pachelbel) Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan

Trio Sonata No. 1 in E Flat major, BWV 525 (Bach)
O Mensch bewein dein Suende gross, BWV 622 (Bach)

from the Messe pour les Convents (Couperin)
Plein Jeu
Fugue sur la trompette
Recit de Chromhorne
Plein Jeu
Duo sur les Tierces
Basse de Trompette
Dialogue sur la Voix humaine
Dialogue sur les grands jeux
Tierce en Taille
Plein Jeu
Dialogue sur les grands jeux

Sonata No. 6 (Mendelssohn)

Carillon Sortie (Mulet)


Press Quotes


New Classics, UK

“one of the few organs in Melbourne that suits its home building in acoustic and timbral richness ... a program of music that was calculated to unveil even more qualities of colour and sonorous brilliance in this richly resourced organ ... fluent and engaging playing”

— Clive O'Connell, The Age

“Many of the works will be familiar, but they have an added dimension performed on such attractive tonal resources ... The sleeve notes are most comprehensive, as we have come to expect from MOVE ... a worthy aural tribute to one of our finest new instruments ... an excellent achievement!”

— John Maidment, OHTA Journal

“The playing is assured ... This is a splendid disc ... a rewarding listening experience”

— Bill Hoffmann, Canberra Times

“Another winning local disc”

— Tony Way, The Age - Green Guide

“the program is captivating ... the playing is vintage Lawrence and the recorded sound sumptuous.”

— Bruce Steele, Organo Pleno

“a 'real gem' ... all enjoyable ... a fine CD of a fine organ ... worthy to be in all organ music lovers' collections.”

— David Vann, The Organ Voice

“Lawrence's playing is excellent throughout ... the balance and ambience are excellent ... altogether a highly successful first aural outing for the Rieger, and a credit in every way to all concerned.”

— Peter Jewkes, The Sydney Organ Journal

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