Czerny: Organ Music
Iain Quinn (organ)
Carl Czerny (21.03.1791 – 15.07.1857) was an Austrian composer, teacher, and pianist of Czech origin whose vast musical output amounted to over a thousand works. This output included not only piano music (études, nocturnes, 11 sonatas, opera theme arrangements and variations) but also masses and choral music, 6 symphonies, concertos, songs, string quartets and other chamber music. Sadly very little of this output is available on CD. As a pupil of Beethoven and Clementi, his works provide a significant link between the composers of Classical and Romantic groups of the eighteenth century. As a teacher, he wrote many books of studies for the piano and these are still widely used in piano teaching.
Welsh born, Iain Quinn is Assistant Professor of Organ and Coordinator of Sacred Music at Florida State University. Quinn has recorded more than a dozen CDs on such diverse labels as Chandos, Hyperion, Naxos, Raven, and Regent. His recordings include the complete Organ Sonatas of C.P.E. Bach. On the present release Iain Quinn turns his attention to three organ works by Carl Czerny.
The disc opens with the Prelude & Fugue in A Minor, Op. 607 which illustrates Czerny’s mastery of contrapuntal technique. The performance continues with 20 Short Voluntaries, Op. 698; works that show great variety in mood. The mood of these voluntaries range from the quietly meditative to the triumphant. Finally Quinn treats us to the 12 Voluntaries, Op. 627. This set, dedicated to the Bath organist James Windsor, very cleverly includes a number of anthems such as God Save the Queen (in the sixth voluntary).
All of these pieces are faultlessly played by Iain Quinn on the 2000 Paul Fritts organ in Miller Chapel, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey, USA. The recording made in June 2014 is of a very high standard. There is a short, but informative, booklet that provides brief biographies of both the composer and organist and a list of all of the organ stops. At bargain price this release comes very highly recommended and is our Bargain Choice for March.