The wheel comes full circle as Thomas Trotter returns to the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, where his career began as an organ scholar in the mid 1970s, for a masterclass recital of Duruflé’s complete organ music.
Awarded the Queen’s Medal for Music in 2020, Trotter brings a lifetime’s experience to bear in a virtuoso display lit up by one telling detail after another and carried winningly along by an authentic French feeling for line and shape, tone and texture that matches Duruflé’s former pupil, Hans Fagius (BIS) and Olivier Latry on the organ the composer played in Paris’ St Etienne (BNL).
Dip into the fleet but floating Scherzo – the earliest work here, fanciful in its filigree decorativeness but delicately dispatched by Trotter with a becoming gloss of English reserve. That quality pays dividends throughout while never diluting Duruflé’s own distinctive accent.
Or venture in at the deep end with the most substantial work, the Dukas-dedicated Suite , where King’s College’s venerable Harrison &...