Notes & Reviews:
John Kitchen has established a hugely popular series of concerts at Usher Hall, and draws on its repertoire to follow up his 2004 recording of the then newly restored instrument with a program that further represents the vast variety of music that draws in the Edinburgh crowds. Kitchen was a Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Edinburgh, where he continues as University Organist. Following the restoration of the Usher Hall organ in 2003, he was appointed Edinburgh City Organist with promotional and curatorial duties, a post he still holds.
American Record Guide, July/August 2015
A continuing survey of the wonderful 1914 Norman & Beard organ in Usher Hall, Edinburgh. The organ was designed partly to play transcriptions, but also for choral accompaniment and to supply organ parts in orchestral works. It was restored to its former Edwardian glory by the firm of Harrison & Harrison in 2002-3. The sound is full, rich, colorful, and overwhelming in power. Kitchen displays all of these attributes in a delightfully varied program which shows off the orchestral nature of the instrument. The notes indicate that the acoustics are better here than on Volume I, because the upholstered chairs in the stalls were removed, resulting in more reverberation.
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