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Dulcet Tones: Jack Mitchener Plays the Salem Tannenberg
Mitchener has a flair for the Italian style, effected through his clear articulations and dramatic sense of timing.

He expertly brings out the unique features of each variation [Pachelbel, Ciacona in F minor] while also melding them into a larger structure.

The intimacy of the Pastorella [Bach] benefits from the chamber-like quality of the pipe voicing and from the organist’s sensitive contrasts of touch.

Mitchener makes the transition from baroque to classical performance effortlessly.
HORP Report
First Rate
Dear Jack,

Thank you again for doing such a great job for us at Kansas University. Your playing was absolutely first-rate. It was interesting repertoire that we don't hear often and your playing showed it off to great effect. It was technically brilliant and completely convincing musically. The recital was on the same level as the other great recitals we have had over the years on the Bales Artist Recital Series.

We also really appreciated the lecture and class. You presented a lot of information about Ropartz in a short time period and gave us a new appreciation for his music. The master class showed your abilities as an outstanding teacher. I was especially impressed with your work on the Bach A Minor Prelude. It was very musical and gave me a new set of ideas to work with as I teach this piece myself.

All the best
Michael Bauer Professor of Organ and Church Music, University of Kansas
Splendid
Dear Jack,

I remember with deep gratitude the splendid recitals you gave at Wofford College and at Central United Methodist Church. You showed yourself a genuine MASTER of the art of organ playing and of dealing with difficult people. You leave behind a trail of great admirers.

With highest personal regards.
John Bullard, Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC
Polish and Style
Mitchener played throughout the evening with polish and style, whether in the varied French works (F. Couperin, Dupré, Franck, Messiaen, Milhaud, and Saint- Saëns) or in Bach’s Great Fugue in G Major (the Gigue)
The Greensboro News and Record
Playing Matching Challenges
Mitchener’s playing matched the diverse challenges this program set. The audience was immediately on its feet as the Dupré notes died away.
The Greensboro News and Record
Poetic and Confident
Mitchener’s playing was always poetic and quietly confident. He brought a particularly rare eloquence to Franck’s Chorale in B minor.
Classical Voice of North Carolina (CVNC online)
Facile, Expressive, Original
An excellent recital by Jack Mitchener, whose program displayed a technique both facile and expressive and an originality that never lapsed into the mannered.
The American Organist
Great Power and Solidity
His playing possesses great power and solidity. This was a very impressive performance in every way.
The Diapason
Dulcet Tones: Jack Mitchener Plays the Salem Tannenberg
An important disc in musical terms. Jack Mitchener’s performances are very good indeed, in terms of tempos, registration, and in phrasing.

I have been particularly taken by his account of the Homilius piece.

The music by Haydn and Graun is well worth investigating.

Each of the pieces on this disc benefits from this fine musician’s playing. Superb…an impressive and rather moving listening experience

This very well-filled CD is a rare treat.
The International Record Review
Dulcet Tones: Jack Mitchener Plays the Salem Tannenberg
This recording is like a breath of fresh air…
Jack Mitchener’s playing is brilliant and sensitive.
The Diapason
Dulcet Tones: Jack Mitchener Plays the Salem Tannenberg
Mitchener brings all of this music to life with his supple rhythmic control, clear phrasing, energy, and sensitivity.
The American Organist
Silent Night
Sir David Willcocks’s classic arrangement of “O Come, All Ye Faithful” is gloriously rendered and features a dazzling organ improvisation by Jack Mitchener.
Winston-Salem Journal
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