The latest CD from Hector Olivera is a classical affair recorded on the Ruffatti Organ of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.A. The CD features eleven tracks from some of the less-recorded classical composers including William Ralph Driffill, John Stanley, Alexandre Guilmant and Mario Enrico Bossi. There are a couple of tracks from more well known names of J.S. Bach and César Franck.
Hector Olivera is one of the top organists in the world today and the Ruffatti organ certainly packs a punch where needed, such as the opening “Toccata” and “Etude Symhonique Op.78”. It also has some exquisite sounds showcased on the quieter pieces including “Andante Con Motto Op.16 No.1” and the “Scherzo in G minor”.
And if the sound of the organ wasn’t enough, it is also equipped with a MX-200 module which expands the organ even more with some Olivera-created digital voices.
FULL TRACKS: Toccata [W.R. Driffill] • Prelude, Fugue & Variation [C. Franck] • Voluntary in D Major [J. Stanley] • Andante Con Motto Op.16 No.1 [A. Guilmant] • Toccata, Adagio & Fugue in C Major BWV 564 [J.S. Bach]: Toccata • Adagio • Fugue • Claire de Lune (from Trios Impressions) [S. Karg-Elert] • Scherzo in G minor [M.E. Bossi] • Solo Clarinetto [M.E. Bossi] • Etude Symhonique Op.78 [M.E. Bossi]
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Review taken from Issue 287 (February 2011) of Organ & Keyboard Cavalcade Magazine