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ORGAN RECITAL., Issue 8050, 29 October 1889
An organ recital was given last night in St. Paul's Church by the organist, Mr Arthur -Towsey, assisted by the members of his choir. There was a large attendance of the public, and during one of the numbers a collection was made on behalf of the choir fund, which should, if contributions were made at all in proportion to the enjoyment afforded by the recital, augment that fund to no inconsiderable extent. The first organ solo was the ‘ Silver Trumpets ’ march, than which, perhaps, no composition gives in so few pages more scope to an organist for the exhibition of his powers. It is no exaggeration to say that Mr Towsey’s playing of this gl )rious march leaves nothing to be desired but an opportunity of hearing it at St. Peter’s on the grand occasion for use on which it was composed. The march itself was magnificently played last night, and the ‘ Harmony in the Dome’ was given with the nicest possible attention to crescendo and diminuendo upon which it depends for its touching effect. The next solo was an adagio movement from one of Mozart’s sonatas. This was played with great purity of touch, and the chromatic passages showed the organist’s manual mastery- of the instrument; while in the next number —one of Sebastian Bach’s favorite fugues —Mr Towsey’s rare pedal execution enabled him to give great effect to-the most intricate and rapid combinations. In a subsequent ‘ Gavotte ’ by the same composer, the organist exhibited some exquisitely delicate pedalling and handling of the manuals. Beethoven’s ‘ Hallelujah ’ from the ‘ Mount of Olives’ was another solo selected, and its grand triumphal music was admirably interpreted. Perhaps, however, the most
enjoyable number of the recital was Batiste’s • Storm.* This ie a descriptive fantasia of great power, and all its power was brought out by MrTowsoy with consummate skill. The gathering of the storm, its phases, and incidental effects were pro* duced with a mastery over the instrument so complete that more than half of those present in the church must have felt an instinctive regret at having come without their overcoats and umbrellas. Mr Towsey brought a very successful recital to a close with the f Hallelujah Chorus.’ The (h>ral part of the recital was as follows ‘Lead kindly light’ (Stainer), ‘Thou hast tried our hearts As pants the heart ’ (Spohr). Of the soloists Mr F. L. Jones is perhaps most to be complimented for his sympathetic singing of Pinsuti’s ‘ Rest to the weary;’ Mr Blenkinsopp sang ‘lf with all your hearts’ with great’ feeling, and Mr F. W. Young gave the declamatory bass recitatives in ‘Tholi hast tried our hearts’ in very good style. The treble solo parts in ‘As pants the heart’ were entrusted to Master Taylor and Master Montgomery, both of whom deserve more than a passing word of praise for their correct and courageous singing of music which is rather trying to young voices. Mr Towsey is to be cordially thanked for providing so groat a musical treat.
ORGAN RECITAL., Issue 8050, 29 October 1889
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