American virtuoso organist wows audience in Chapel

American virtuoso organist wows audience in Chapel

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American organist, Nathan Laube, wowed a large audience, coming from as far afield as London, on the College Chapel's 4-manual Harrison and Harrison organ on March 21st. In a full length recital, Professor Laube, originally from Chicago, now based in Rochester (NY), played some of the most demanding repertoire in existence, including Max Reger's adaptation of Bach's Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue (the recital coincided with Bach's birthday!), Lemare's transcription of Wagner's Tannhäuser Overture and his own arrangement of Liszt's Funérailles.

Particularly breathtaking was the organ management, combining playing on up to four manuals at once (using the "thumbing down" technique), both feet, and using spare digits to control the pistons used to create seemless and symphonic changes of the tone colour. But over-riding was the sense of emotion and drama of this Romantic programme.

Many pupils came to watch, including several of the Clifton pupil organists, picture above with Professor Nathan (centre). What an inspiration!