J S Bach
Fantasias, Preludes & Fugues
For Volume 2 of his series of Bach organ recordings James performs a selection of free works on the Raphaelis organ of Roskilde Cathedral, Denmark
BBC Music Magazine[Johnstone] has certainly got quite an ear for organ heaven…His subtle phrasings shadows Bach’s wistful musings, teasing out a wealth of expressive asides….[BWV578] is driven with inexorable clarity lending whirlwind exhilaration.
Choir & Organ
Organist’s Review 5 Stars
The pieces heard here have an orchestral excitement to them, and Johnstone’s playing expresses a kind of purity, a luminous clarity of line, which is involving.
Diapason magazine Diapason d’Or
Johnstone shows an completely convincing personality. Radiant yet never showy technique, clarity of the most intricate polyphonies, spontaneous sounding ornamentation…Among the total successes of this recording the BWV 544 Prelude in B minor is a notable example…a noble discourse, perfectly placed between contrasts and overall conception, perfectly counterbalanced by the sober and restrained tone of the fugue that follows…this disc is impossible to do without.
Coup de coeur!