November 19, 2013

Inspired afternoon by Noon

[Review by Barrie Collett Branch Treasurer RSCM NZ Auckland and Auckland Organists’ Association Committee member]

Holy Trinity Cathedral in Parnell on Sunday afternoon 17 November 2013 was the wonderful venue with its fine organ for the Cathedral’s incredibly talented Director of Music, Timothy Noon, to present an inspired programme of most significant organ works.

Represented were, J S Bach, Dan Locklair, Jean Langlais and Felix-Alexandre Guilmant.

No organ recital ever seems to be complete without music from that great 18th Century organist and composer Johan Sebastian Bach. It was therefore wonderful to hear one of Bach’s great works Prelude in E flat Major BWV 552i. I just love this piece of music and I relish it each time I hear it played.

The programme then shifted to music by the very modern American Composer Professor Dan Locklair. His liturgical Suite in five movements for organ amply demonstrated this composer’s extraordinary compositional ability.

To France, next, for a work entitled Chant de Paix by the amazing 20th century French organist and composer, Professor Jean Langlais.

To end the recital we heard one of the great works by the famous French organist and composer who shone during the 19th and 20th centuries, Felix-Alexandre Guilmant. This was his very moving Sonata No 5 in C minor. It consists of:   I  Allegro appassionato,  II  Adagio con molt’ expression,  III  Scherzo: Allegro,   IV  Recitativo,  and V  Choral et Fugue: Allegro.

Timothy Noon is an extraordinarily talented musician. He demonstrated today his marvellous ability to handle these works with great intelligence and feeling.  We are so lucky to have an organist and musician of his stature in Auckland.