reviews

CD: Organ Music by Franz Liszt (FUGA-9403) — Marcel Punt at the Furtwängler & Hammer Organ of the Kaiserdom in Königslutter (DE)

"Marcel Punt plays constantly very controlled, with much feeling for the organ's wide spectrum of sounds … His convincing control over the virtuosic parts makes the music appear just like it should—virtuosic. At those places where there is a risk of playing too fast Punt plays with an impressive control, balance, and conscious shaping … This is a very convincing and coherent recording of Liszt’s three large organ works on an interesting instrument, and it is warmly recommended." (Orgelforum, 2/2017)

”This deeply impressive new CD is very strongly recommended, containing as it does Liszt’s three great organ works in performances of subtle penetration and depth, and very well recorded on this very suitable instrument … in Punt’s manifestly strongly considered interpretations his overall command of the music as a totality is always convincing. Here is a CD that should be in the collection of any lover of Liszt’s music, of 19th-century organ music and of the entire range of music of the period.” – 5 stars out of 5 – (The Organ, May–July 2016)

"Through his playing technique and the dramaturgy of sound and tempo his version of the Prophet Fantasia [Ad nos] becomes an organic unity … Sensitive use of the organ … Virtuosic grasp … how carefully Punt develops the tone color of each piece. … A Liszt organ recording that is worthwhile—thanks to the intelligence and the taste of the performer" – Interpretation/Recording/Organ: 4 stars out of 5 – (Musik und Kirche, 4/2016)

”Punt plays consistently with a splendid, pianistic technique” (Organ - Journal für die Orgel, 3/2016)

”He plays with flair and enthusiasm” (De Orgelvriend, 9/2016)

”Heartbreakingly beautiful ... excellent album” (Organum, 2/2016)

"Dynamically, lively interpretations" (Hufvudstadsbladet, January 25, 2017)

CD: Organ Music by Max Reger (FUGA-9372) — Henrico Stewen at the Lundén Organ of the Vasa Church in Gothenburg

”This performance never loses its vitality or sense of drama ... an excellent disc, providing great insight into the composer” (Organists’ Review, June 2014)

”a monumental performance of the ‘B-A-C-H’ ... a valuable CD on a magnificent organ” (De Orgelvriend, 11/2015)

”I want to give this CD the highest praise for credible and vivid interpretation” (Orgelforum 3/2014)

”a finished technique, scrupulous attention to phrasing and musical motion, and a lively approach to the kaleidoscopic colour palette of both instruments” (Nineteenth-Century Music Review, June 2015, Review of both Reger CDs)

CD: Organ Music by Max Reger (FUGA-9374) — Henrico Stewen at the Sauer Organ of the Thomaskirche in Leipzig

”At last, one can hear Reger’s music; at last, the music is not anymore the usual racecourse for snorting, sweating organists" (Guy Bovet in Theorien des Planyversums, ed. Manfred Novak, 2012)

”a wonderful recording! ... an impressive performer ... At last, a Reger who speaks and sings, freed from his role as Formula One circuit so dear to so many German organists for whom it is only an excuse to show their technical abilities ... Splendid!” (Guy Bovet in La Tribune de L’Orgue 62/3, September 2010)

”impressively grand results” – 5 stars out of 5 – (The Organ, February–April 2011)

”a very passionate advocate for the music with his deep understanding, formidable technique and mastery of registration” (Organists' Review, February 2011)

”a breathtaking sense of authenticity” (Hufvudstadsbladet, 9 november 2011)

”Here the interpreter, recording engineer, room, musical instrument and late research create an unusually successful unity ... a magnificent recording” (Kyrkomusikernas Tidning, August 2011)

”Extremely accurate art of phrasing” – Interpretation/Booklet: 5 stars; Recording: 4 stars (out of 5) – (Musik und Kirche 1/2011)

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