Richard Todd, The Ottawa Citizen
JENNIFER LOVELESS at the Organ of Notre-Dame Basilica
When: 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 13
OTTAWA — Organ recitals don’t usually attract large audiences. There are probably several reasons for that, the church association among them. The organization Pro Organo Ottawa brings some of the worlds’ best players several times each season and rarely attracts more than 50 or 60 listeners.
Thus it was gratifying that well over 200 people came to Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica to hear the Ottawa-based, international-level organist Jennifer Loveless, and that her music-making met an enthusiastic reception.
Her program opened with Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in G, BWV 541. From the beginning there was great clarity of texture, an admirable quality in any music, but especially in that of Bach, and a steadiness of pulse that further underlined the music’s logic.
One of the most impressive of the evening’s offerings was the three-movement Suite, op. 5 by Maurice Duruflé. It is of a completely different character than the Bach, with a more sensual spirit and more modern notions of harmony and texture.
Read more on the Ottawa Citizen website: Review: Music and Beyond: A stunning night of organ music