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Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony No.3 and Poulenc Organ Concerto in G Minor



Thomas Hecht performs three great mid-20th century works for solo piano. The 2 major American piano sonatas, by Samuel Barber and Aaron Copland, sandwich a rarely heard New Zealand gem, Douglas Lilburn’s “Chaconne” of 1946, considered by Hecht an ignored masterpiece, and available here on CD for the first time. The Barbar and Copland shows Hecht, a native of Baltimore, at his powerful and poetic best, while in the New Zealand work he seduces the listener to join Lilburn in this reflective walk through the West Coast rainforest. This album also serves as a tribute to the quest for national musical traditions in the early twentieth century in both New Zealand and the United States. This album features performances by Professor Thomas Hecht who heads the piano department at Peabody's new Singapore Conservatory.

Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony No.3 and Poulenc Organ Concerto in G Minor


“The revivification of the Auckland Town Hall organ has certainly captured the imagination of the city, so much so that Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra's Thursday concert drew a capacity audience and was repeated two nights later.” William Dart, Review for New Zealand Herald Mar 29, 2010

"Whether one likes Poulenc's music or not it’s impossible not to be drawn into this electrifying performance and marvel at the sheer professionalism of everyone involved. When it comes to the Saint-Saёns organ symphony the APO naturally steals the show - with an even bigger canvas to work with they shape some beautiful melodic phrases integrating perfectly with the organ. This disc illustrates what a splendid organ the Auckland Town Hall now possesses and highlights what a first-rate orchestra the Auckland Philharmonia is. Needlesss to say, Thomas Trotter proves to be a magnificent soloist and Arvo Volmer an inspiring conductor, making the all round combined effort a huge success."  Kemp English, Radio NZ