Widor, J.S.Bach, Mozart, Saint-Saëns, Liszt, Stanford, Whitlock, Fitkin, Bourgeois & Farrington
Daniel Moult at the Guildford URC organ
Marche Pontificale from Symphonie 1
Trio BVW 1027a
Fantasia in F minor K608
Prelude & Fugue on the name B.A.C.H
Fantasia & Toccata
Folk Tune & Divertimento
The concert on the 24th February immediately stamped the prestigious organist, Daniel Moult, as a "no nonsense" performer by the way he attacked the Widor "Marche Pontificale" from his First Symphony. Clean, decisive playing was apparent throughout his recital with a fine ability to separate clearly individual voices in the Bach Trio BWV1027a, originally written for flute, harpsichord and viola da gamba. Both the Mozart Fminor Fantasia and Saint-Saens' "Benediction nuptiale" were beautifully played with fluid articulation, the former being interspersed with a fugal section and concluding with a lively finish and the latter having a charming melody progressing through different registers. Liszt's Prelude & Fugue on the name B.A.C.H. containing much of this composer's liking for fanfares and flourishes, and certainly constantly reiterating the theme on the notes B flat, A, C, B (German equivalent) was played with great panache throughout.
After the interval more modern composers contrasted with what had gone before, starting with Stanford's Fantasia & Toccata and followed by a nostalgic "Folk tune" with a lively "Divertimento" by Percy Whitlock. Fitkin's minimalistic "Wedding" contained a sparkling treble accompaniment section and the well-known "Serenade" by Bourgeois with its lopsided rhythm were much enjoyed. The evening finished with a jazz composition by the brilliant Iain Farrington who has previously played for us, entitled "Live Wire". Mind-numbingly difficult this piece provided a lasting impression with which to end another fine recital and confirmed the belief that Daniel Moult with his outstanding musicianship and transcendental technique is one of the foremost young organists of our generation.
“Exhilarating musicianship...a thrilling production...Daniel Moult holds nothing back in his programme of 20th-century tours de force...” Gramophone
"...one of the finest organists of our time... More, please!" The Organ
"Daniel Moult has proved his brilliant technique... Moult has a world-renowned reputation..." The Sydney Organ Journal
"There is no doubt that Daniel Moult is a virtuoso...formidable technique... Moult is an impressive player...and gives powerful readings of all the pieces...he brings out the vast range of expression and tone..." Organists' Review
"...Moult’s exceptionally fluid keyboard and pedal technique. Hundreds of thousands of key strokes whizz by as Moult works his way through toccatas...he demonstrates a contained virtuosity... an object lesson in the unfussy performance of some fiendishly difficult repertoire..." Choir & Organ
Other concerts by Daniel Moult can be found on the organrecitals.com website