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Herman Jordaan grabbed the senses from the very beginning of his recital. His Bach bounced along, finding a real dialogue between the lines and proving the more satisfying interpretation, the long pedal section being finely executed. Jordaan's South African roots were never far from his audience when he brought great delight with a fabulous interpretation of fellow countryman Stefans Grové's Afrika Hymnus, Song of an old woman in her hut at dawn and Night Ritual; three highly evocative pieces that were simply mesmerising – plenty of ‘X’ factor here as we were drawn by vivid sketches that somehow gave the game away as to where a significant prize was headed. Duruflé's Prelude et Fugue sur le nom "Alain" must have been one of the best live performances I have heard in a long time. I simply sat back and luxuriated in Jordaan's choice of registration and stylistic power. This was a fitting tribute to the composer.

Pretoria News

Herman Jordaan (organ), Universiteitsoord, Thursday, October 16:

Seldom have I enjoyed an organ recital this much. One simply had to marvel at the expertise and sheer musicality on sumptuous display by Herman Jordaan, this year's winner of the prestigious St Albans Organ Competition. Jordaan played a demanding, predominantly Baroque programme that tingled with physical as well as intellectual excitement. And he was supremely articulate and communicative, encapsulating the very essence of music-making. He started off the evening's exquisite offerings with blithe alacrity of Buxtehude's Toccata in F. Tenderness and power were held in impeccable equilibrium in Van Noordt's Psalm XXIV and in the Brahms choral. JS Bach's ever-popular Vivaldi arrangement, Concerto in D minor, BWV 596 flowed with vibrancy. The flanking movements were abrim with vitality. De Grigny's Verbum Supernum was suffused with rare eloquence and beauty. There was a dynamism in Mozart's Fantasia in F, KV 594 which mercifully was never relegated to mere extrovert gesture. The songfulness was allowed to surface. By the way, in all the decades of my listening to the Universiteitsoord organ I have never experiences it in such sonorous form. The reverence of Bach's Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, BWV 688 was projected most movingly. The recital closed with exhilarating thrust and flourish of the composer's Piéce d'Orgue, BWV 572.

© 2016 Herman Jordaan