Expecting a programme of Buxtehude and contemporaries, for Buxtehude died three hundred years ago in 1707, we instead heard ten light and fun short organ works from composers ranging from one born in 1494 (Attaignat) to one born in 1953 (Bolting) with the main item Praeludium und Fuge e-moll from Buxetehude half way through.
Klaus-Dieter Holzberger was enjoying his second visit to St Andrew’s and St George’s and we could tell, because many of us were sitting where the minister sits on a Sunday, looking up to the organ console from the dias. He and St Laurentius Church in Ahrweiler, where he is Director of Music, are to host St Andrew’s and St George’s Choir when they visit again next year. That he finished the recital with Bratton’s The teddy bears’ picnic points to the choir having a fun time in Germany.
Music: Ten short organ pieces.
© Barnaby Miln. 23 August 2007. First published on www.edinburghguide.com.