Country : Canada Label : ATMA Classique Genres and styles : Baroque / Classical / Contemporary / Modern Classical Year : 2021

Matthew Larkin / Casavant Opus 550 St. Paul’s Anglican Church Toronto

· by Frédéric Cardin

The Casavant organ at St Paul’s Church in Toronto is one of the most spectacular in the country. It was installed in 1915 and has since resounded like an Anglo-American cathedral instrument, which is why it was designed by Casavant & Frères. Matthew Larkin has designed an appropriate programme, bringing to the fore the full and sumptuous sonorities of the 7500-pipe beast. The emphasis is on English and Canadian repertoire (Howells, Willan, MacMillan, Mallory, Ager), but there are also fine intrusions into French Baroque, Romantic and modern music (Couperin, Franck, Duruflé, Messiaen), Germanic music (Reger, Jongen, Bach) and a few beauties of mixed contours (Mendelssohn and his Sonata No. 3, composed in England and reflecting the British style). The overall sound is beautiful, albeit a little distant (the COVID has nothing to do with it!), and above all, the playing is full of subtle nuances and colours, but never loses the undeniable grandeur and solemnity desired by both the chosen programme and this superb instrument. For organ lovers, this is a must. For those who hesitate, it’s a great way to dive into this sometimes mysterious universe, and above all to get to know a masterpiece of pan-Canadian musical genius (Quebecois for the machinery, Ontarian for the playing).

Latest 360 Content

Vampire Weekend – Only God Was Above Us

Vampire Weekend – Only God Was Above Us

Karina Gauvin – Marie Hubert : Fille du Roy

Karina Gauvin – Marie Hubert : Fille du Roy

P’tit Belliveau Talks About His New Album, Frogs, and Income Tax

P’tit Belliveau Talks About His New Album, Frogs, and Income Tax

At Annie-Claude Deschênes’ table: between utensils & sound experimentation

At Annie-Claude Deschênes’ table: between utensils & sound experimentation

Noah Kahan: An Emotive Performance with Goofy Banter

Noah Kahan: An Emotive Performance with Goofy Banter

Université de Montréal | Jean-François Rivest’s Grandiose Farewell

Université de Montréal | Jean-François Rivest’s Grandiose Farewell

OSL | Naomi Woo | Musique du Nouveau Monde

OSL | Naomi Woo | Musique du Nouveau Monde

Anderson & Roe, piano duo great innovators

Anderson & Roe, piano duo great innovators

Nadia Labrie – Flute Passion – Claude Bolling : Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio

Nadia Labrie – Flute Passion – Claude Bolling : Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio

David Jalbert – Prokofiev : Piano Sonatas vol. II

David Jalbert – Prokofiev : Piano Sonatas vol. II

HOMESHAKE – CD Wallet

HOMESHAKE – CD Wallet

Hawa B or not Hawa B ? “sadder but better” EP answers the question !

Hawa B or not Hawa B ? “sadder but better” EP answers the question !

Willows and Soleil Launière: A post-eclipse luminous evening

Willows and Soleil Launière: A post-eclipse luminous evening

Kevin Johansen – Quiero Mejor

Kevin Johansen – Quiero Mejor

Shades of Bowie, composed for the man behind Blackstar

Shades of Bowie, composed for the man behind Blackstar

Bahar Harandi’s feminist Iran

Bahar Harandi’s feminist Iran

Sunglaciers – Regular Nature

Sunglaciers – Regular Nature

Canicule – BOYZ

Canicule – BOYZ

David Jacques – 16 histoires de guitares III

David Jacques – 16 histoires de guitares III

Abel Selaocoe: the wind that blows away

Abel Selaocoe: the wind that blows away

Single of The Day – “everyday it rains” – Sea Shapes

Single of The Day – “everyday it rains” – Sea Shapes

Tolemn – Jango

Tolemn – Jango

Single of the Day – “OVEROVEROVER” – OH, BERLIN

Single of the Day – “OVEROVEROVER” – OH, BERLIN

Beyoncé – Cowboy Carter

Beyoncé – Cowboy Carter

Subscribe to our newsletter