DC’s 2010 National AGO Convention: Baltimore Reflects
Pipe & Pedal
By Donald Sutherland
For me, the outstanding event of the convention was Nathan Laube’s recital at National Presbyterian Church. This was an ideal recital, in which the performer never got in the way of the music, always simply acting as a vessel for the music. Beginning with his own brilliant transcription of the Overture to Die Fledermaus, followed by a stunning performance of the Jongen Sonata Eroica, the evocative perfumes of Tournemire’s L’Orgue Mystique, and the Suite of Maurice Duruflé, Nathan Laube demonstrated a maturity well beyond his 22 years. In my many years of attending recitals, I have rarely heard a more satisfying one. The registrations were carefully chosen, always demonstrating the best qualities of the instrument. Musical phrases were beautifully shaped, showing a reliable and bravura technique, always to the end of serving the music well. In years to come, this will probably turn into a kind of “Woodstock” event, with more and more people claiming to have been there. The Baltimore Chapter is, indeed, fortunate in sponsoring Nathan Laube in recital November 7th. It will be an event not to be missed.
Chair of the Organ Department
The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University