This album brings together Poulenc’s ever-popular Organ Concerto, Anton Arensky’s luscious Variations on a theme of Tschaikovsky (written in memory of the composer just after his death) and a new organ concerto by Carl Rütti. Rütti’s concerto offers ample proof why he is one of Switzerland’s most popular classical composers today, with its rhythmic drive, melodic invention and skilful orchestration. His ‘Blackbird Scherzino’ movement showcases Rütti’s love of birdsong, here brilliantly depicted by the organ together with two solo violins, temple blocks and cymbals. Martin Heini brings the organ part of the Rütti and Poulenc concertos vividly to life, and is accompanied subtly by the virtuosic State Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of Novosibirsk under Rainer Held.
"When I first saw the cover of this, I wasn’t sure what to make of it. Then I listened to it and found that it contains one of my favorite things: exciting, powerful music that’s exceptionally well played. It turned out to be one of my favorites in this batch of discs..."
Lawrence Hansen - American Record Guide - May/June 2013
"Of immediate interest here is the firat recording of Carl Rütti’s gloriously dramatic Concerto for Organ, Strings and Percussion, thrillingly played with combustable flair by Martin heini... Vivid recorded sound adds to the considerable pleasure." *****
Michael Quinn - Choir & Organ magazine - September/October 2012