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  Opus 3 -
  CD 22031
  Mattias Wager - Organ Treasures
  "Organ Treasures" Bach, Pierné, Elert, Ives, Widor

Mattias Wager (organ)
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  Classical - Instrumental
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Review by Jonalogic March 12, 2011 (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
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I wouldn't normally be bothered to write a review that just echoes what other folk have said. But I'll make an exception for this one. Quite simply, it's probably the best sounding organ SACD - or CD or vinyl - that I have heard. And in a collection approaching 7,000 recordings (and maybe 100 or so organ?), that means something.

Mattias Wager is a sympathetic and unmannered player, using a fabulous-sounding modern Gronland instrument in the fine acoustic of Hedvig Eleonora Church, Stockholm; he covers not just the standard organ warhorses, but also some more off-the-beaten-track Pierne and Karg-Elert repertoire.

Opus 3 recordings have a fine track record in the analogue era; taking their minimalist approach to miking and post-processing into the DSD era, they here achieve results that are just spectacular in their transparency and invisibility. The engineering vanishes effortlessly and Zen-like, just leaving you to listen to - and into - the music.

I don't like to draw attention to any one aspect of the sound, but I know that certain listeners often latch on to the bass of organ recordings. And why not? Well, they won't be disappointed either- it's spectacular, natural, and floorboard-shaking.

The last disc I reviewed was the LSO Live recording of Belshazzar's Feast. I would like to invite Classic Sound's engineers to listen to minimalist recordings like this, until they realise how their own over-miked and over-processed approach to recording can kill the music.

This is how to do it. Even if you care not one whit to how many mikes are used*, this one amply deserves a listen.

* OK, it's actually two- one custom stereo front, and one AKG stereo surround....

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Review by audiofreak May 31, 2006 (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
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I like Mattias for his soft playing style, which is also demonstrated on some BIS discs. It's very relaxing to listen to this and sonic quality is at the top. Opus 3 has made use of the subwoofer channel on this disc, which is not the case on any of their other releases (as far as I know).

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Review by progboy February 16, 2011 (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
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I first heard the organ work of Mattias Wager on Peder af Ugglas' "Autumn Shuffle" (2005) which I have really enjoyed.

Organ Treasures is a very apt title for this SACD.....

Great sound...the bass alone is simply stunning and if you like the deep tones of the organ then the mic'ing here and Opus 3 sound quality will amaze you. On higher volumes you will think you just entered the Pro Catherdal in North Bay!

I agree with the other earlier reviews of this SACD....a great experience for sure

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Works: 9  

Johann Sebastian Bach - Cantata "Wir danken dir, Gott wir danken dir", BWV 29 (after BWV 1006)
Johann Sebastian Bach - Das Orgel-Büchlein, BWV 599-644 "Little Organ Book"
Johann Sebastian Bach - Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068
Johann Sebastian Bach - Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
César Franck - Pièce héroique, FWV 37
Charles Ives - Variations on "America"
Sigfrid Karg-Elert - 3 New Impressions, Op. 142
Gabriel Pierne - 3 Pieces, Op. 29
Charles-Marie Widor - Organ Symphony No. 5, Op. 42 No. 1