Krebs Complete Organ Works, Vol 3
As one of Bach’s favourite pupils it’s all too easy for Krebs to be overshadowed by his master. However‚ one can hear in the largescale preludes and fugues in G major and D minor that he was well able to match JSB and Buxtehude in virtuoso keyboard writing‚ complex harmony and polyphonic ingenuity. The delightful Fantasia in F looks forward to a more lighthearted rococo style‚ while the majestic Fugue on ‘BACH’ almost suggests Reger!
John Kitchen gives magnificent performances of the two preludes and fugues‚ and I like his buoyant articulation of contrapuntal passages‚ plus the graceful flow of the Trio in E minor and the chorale preludes.
He creates a unique sound world for all 12 pieces with colourful‚ impeccably balanced registrations. The organ‚ set in the warm acoustic of Edinburgh’s Greyfriars Kirk‚ is one of the finest that Peter Collins has built‚ and the spatial characteristics of its three manual divisions are well captured by Priory’s clear recording. Kitchen provides an informative booklet which lists all the registrations used.
This is Volume 3 in Priory’s sixCD series of Krebs’s complete organ works‚ and I feel it’s the most enjoyable so far. The use of six different organs in the UK is a particularly attractive feature of the series‚ and I can’t resist pointing out with some pride that four of them are in Scotland. The variety of organ sounds and acoustics in the final three volumes is something I’m looking forward to hearing.