It’s not every day that you go along to a concert to hear an organist perform the famous fifth movement finale, the Toccata, from Widor’s Fifth Organ Symphony as an encore, but that is just what Philip Scriven did at his recent appearance.
The reason for the encore? Philip Scriven pulled all the stops out for his performance in Poulenc’s Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani. From the first few bars of neo-baroque chords from the organ, we knew we were in for a treat. The musical colours of contrasting moods were captured by Philip, Richard Hubbard on timpani and the strings of the orchestra.
Philip Scriven is widely regarded as one of the finest organists of his generation and is yet another soloist that the highly regarded CSO under Chris Phelps is able to attract. Indeed, the orchestra, now augmented with woodwind, brass and percussion players and two pianists for Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony, upped its game again, and successfully brought the concert to an ending which was greeted with thunderous applause and standing ovations.