Felix Hell playing the organ.
Felix Hell playing the organ.
2020 by Felix Hell

Not Just Kidding Around #0022

They all have two things in common. One is their youth, in their teens and early twenties. The other is enthusiasm. Hear a pair of organ scholars from Oxford, Paul Weber and other students from Lawrence University in Wisconsin, AGO O’Neal, and the acclaimed 14-year-old German phenom Felix Hell. They play up a storm and make it plain to hear that they are “not just kidding around.”

NICOLAUS BRUHNS: Praeludium in e, large. J.S. BACH: O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde gross, S. 622 FELIX MENDELSSOHN: Allegro assai vivace, from Sonata Number 1, Opus 65 –Felix Hell (1988 Kuhn/Justinuskirche, Frankfurt-Höchst, Germany) IFO 00 021

WILLIAM BYRD: Fantasia in G –Robert Quinney (1760 Snetzler/Eton College, Oxford, England, UK) OxRecs CD-65

DAN LOCKLAIR: The peace may be exchanged, from Rubrics –Andrew Scanlon (1990 Walcker) Pipedreams Archive recorded April 11, 1996

JOSEPH JONGEN: Toccata, Opus 104 –Helena Dershavina, organ. JEAN LANGLAIS: Prélude Modal –Ryan Albashian, organ. WEBER: Scherzo. OLIVIER MESSIAEN: Out burst of Joy, from L’AscensionPaul Weber (1995 Brombaugh/Memorial Chapel, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI) Lawrence CD-1001

HEALEY WILLAN: Gelobet sei Gott. GRAYSTON IVES: Intrada –Clive Driskill-Smith (1886 Hill; 1996 Mander/Eton College Chapel, Eton, England, UK) OxRecs CD-65

HERBERT HOWELLS: Psalm-Prelude, De profundis clamavi, Set 2, number 1. LOUIS VIERNE: Final, from Symphony Number 1 –Sean O’Neal (1962 Reuter/Central Presbyterian, Denver, CO) Pipedreams Archive recorded June 28, 1998

Both astonishment and relief should accompany your audition of these gifted and imaginative young organ ‘pros’.