Anne Horsch is a sensitive and seasoned musician who finds the proper emotional disposition of'.each piece, imparting to it a meaningful quality. The G-minor Prelude is rendered as a virtuoso tour de force in its fiery brilliance. Horsch provides effective dynamic nuance in it and its partner fugue.
The A-minor Prelude and Fugue receive a vigorous treatment, with careful attention to the polyphony as well as the virtuoso elements. She performs the Chorale Prelude and Fugue on "O Traurigkeit, o Herzeleid" and the Fugue in A-flat Minor in protracted, languorous tempos that heighten the brooding melancholy inherent in these works.
Each of the chorale preludes is registered and performed in a manner that manifests the underlying affekt of the text. There are many fine renditions of the Brahms organ works on the market. This recording, featuring an instrument Brahms and his contemporaries knew well, played here with great skill and intelligence, provides invaluable insight into the authentic rendering of these beloved masterworks.
James Hildreth, THE AMERICAN ORGANIST
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