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Piet Kee Plays Bach Vol 4

Notes & Reviews:

"Kee coaxes out sounds of almost romantic pureness in the beautifully registered Schubler Chorales, although the brilliance and vitality of the St. Anne Prelude and Fugue reaffirm that both organist and instrument are fully at home in the disciplines of the Baroque." ***** -Classic CD

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
This is playing of heart-warming humanity and spiritual equilibrium, combining deep thought with complete spontaneity. Kee's control of the long, singing line goes hand in hand with a poetic command of Baroque instrumental articulation.

Dip anywhere into the Schübler Chorales or to either of the Trio Sonata slow movements and you can hear the separate melodic lines not only given individual character, shape and direction but also combined with ease and gentle authority. Tempos in extrovert movements are unusually moderate, Bach's markings of Vivace and Allegro being taken by Kee as indications of mood rather than velocity, and yet the musical discourse is involving and full of wit, helped by registrations that are both simple and wise. The disc is crowned by a magnificent performance of the Prelude and Fugue in E-flat, one that fully exploits the vivid contrasts of theme and texture and yet binds the work into a structural unity without a hint of haste or stiffness.

Rightly, the recording presents this refined, robust organ as heard within its natural acoustic habitat and Kee has subtly absorbed the church's acoustic into his interpretations.


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