Christopher Houlihan - Plays Bach
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks)+cue, log, front cover | 79:52 min | 340 MB
Label: Azica Records - ACD-71314 | Tracks: 15 | Rls.date: 2017
Classical, Organ, Baroque
Christopher Houlihan commences BWV542’s Fantasia with a delightful introductory flourish, and characterises the rippling fireworks and introspective interludes with strikingly different yet compelling timbral contrasts, topping things off with a brisk and fluent fugue. The Italian Concerto’s first two movements work surprisingly well on the organ in Houlihan’s arrangement. He transforms the implied pedal points in the harpsichord score into real ones, although Bach’s indicated distinctions between solo and tutti passages don’t consistently come across.