The Newcastle Journal Culture Magazine

Originally issued on cassette in 1992 to fund the restoration of the organ on which it was played, Henry Wallace’s recital at St. Mungo’s Church in the Northumberland village of Simonburn is now out on CD. Ranging from Sweelinck in the 17th century to Reger and Dubois in the 20th, Wallace demonstrates the finely tuned 1860 James Walker organ to its best in distinctively voiced counterpoints and luminous choral effects. Froberger, Johann Fischer, Bach, Rheinberger and Franck surround the central Mendelssohn Organ Sonata in D minor, op. 65 no. 6, its fleet-footed scale passages and flexible tempi lent clarity by the not over-resonant acoustics and a warm, natural recorded sound.

—Tom Hall