March 18th 2016
J S Bach
Clavier-Übung Part III
James begins this series of recordings with Bach’s monumental Clavier-Übung Part III, performed on an instrument of German origin exactly contemporary with the music’s publication in 1739.
Joachim Wagner organ, 1739-41
Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim, Norway
Gramophone August 2016
Johnstone thrusts us almost immediately into a bright world of urgent theatricality and rhythmic momentum… this is not just fine organ-playing but top-drawer keyboard-playing. [Johnstone] never fails to offer the listener a probing intellectual template, fortified by a commanding technical presence…an unusual blend of stylistic flair [and] effortless class.
Early Music Review
Johnstone’s vivid and sparkling performance on an excellently recorded, crystal-clear organ
Music Web International
Johnstone’s delicate registrations for the Duetti make excellent musical and stylistic sense…As a player, Johnstone has a tremendously agile technique and a superb keyboard facility…he delivers fluent and compelling performances…These are performances show a great deal of intelligent stylistic thought.
Choir and Organ
…fine release infused with integrity…a notable interpretation
Johnstone rides the technical challenges to hands and feet with great assurance. He explores the varied resources of the (Wagner) organ imaginatively and offers thoughtful interpretation of these demanding works